Director: Marc Connelly, William Keighley
Starring: Rex Ingram
In the mid 1930s racial stereotypes were a rather unfortunately normal archetype in many American films, several times over exaggerating simple aspects of a race to a point of ridiculous behavior or over exaggerated features. The Green Pastures is a feature film with an all African American cast that is full of what some may call belittling aspects, but with this movie paints a picture that was meant to instruct tolerance and understanding that not all people see the world or it’s teaching the same way, based on their background. It makes for a very interesting feature of an all-black cast recreating scenes from the Bible with a southern twist. Filled with political incorrectness, but with that creates its own unique charm that, that though offensive to many, manifests an idea of how another race people (it does not necessarily have to be African American) looks at the world and the teachings of Bible when compared to the traditional sense of such stories.
|Rex Ingram as "Da Lawd" in heaven (inspired by the Deep South), surrounded by angels.|