Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) was founded in 1986 as a networking organization and production facility for and by artists and composers interested in exploratory approaches to sound. Every film needs a soundtrack of some sort, we are partnering with ESS to present a series featuring lives scores of rarely seen silent films. Various musicians curated by ESS will lend their musical talents throughout the series.
First up is Body and Soul (1925, 78 min.), a race film produced, written, and directed by Oscar Micheaux and starring Paul Robeson in his motion picture debut. Robeson stars as an escaped prisoner masquerading as a pastor who tries to cheat a small-town church of its offerings while romancing the pious young daughter of one of his parishioners. The film is one of only three of Micheaux’s 26 silent films to survive.
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