viernes, 30 de marzo de 2018

The Green Pastures 'Los verdes prados' (USA 1936 - William Keighley, Marc Connelly)[English][Español English Subs]

The Green Pastures

God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

The Green Pastures, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Marc Connelly, is a reenactment of stories of the Old Testament in which all the characters (including God) are African American and speak in a black southern dialect. The play was first performed at the Mansfield Theatre in New York City in 1930. Connelly attributes his idea for the play to the retelling of Old Testament stories in Roark Bradford’s book Southern Sketches, “0l’ Man Adam an’ His Chillun.”

The Green Pastures follows stories of the Bible, such as Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, Moses and the exodus from Egypt, and the crucifixion of Christ, but places them in a rural black southern setting. Thus, one of the opening scenes takes place at a “fish fry” in “pre-Creation Heaven,” during which God spontaneously decides to create Earth and man. God eats boiled pudding, smokes cigars, and runs Heaven out of a shabby “private office” assisted by Gabriel. The settings are roughly contemporary to the time period in which the play was first written and performed, so that, for instance, the city of Babylon is represented as a New Orleans jazz nightclub. The costumes are also contemporary: God wears a white suit and white tie, Adam is dressed in a farmer’s clothes, Eve wears the gingham dress of a country girl, and so on. The play ends with God’s decision, while back at the fish fry in Heaven, to send Jesus Christ down to Earth.

Connelly’s play was unusual at the time of its initial production in that it featured a cast made up exclusively of African-American actors. Connelly’s portrayal of African Americans as “simple” people, particularly as created by a white playwright, will likely strike today’s reader as stereotyped.

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Los verdes prados

Título original
The Green Pastures
93 min.
Estados Unidos
William Keighley,  Marc Connelly
Marc Connelly (Novela: Roark Bradford; Obra: Marc Connelly)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Hal Mohr (B&W)
Rex Ingram,  Oscar Polk,  Eddie"Rochester" Anderson,  Frank H. Wilson, George Reed,  Abraham Gleaves,  Myrtle Anderson,  Al Stokes,  Edna Mae Harris, James Fuller,  Mantan Moreland

Warner Bros. Pictures

Drama | Religión

Plasmación de Dios y varios relatos del Antiguo Testamento desde el punto de vista de los negros rurales estadounidenses (FILMAFFINITY)

Rex Ingram (actor)

Despite giving a stereotypical image of African-Americans, this film shot in Louisiana has an unusual full cast of African-American actors in 1936, a fact that would not be repeated until 1954 in the film Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger)

From the point of view of human rights activism, it is interesting to read the following essay:
Thank God for Uncle Tom: Race and Religion Collide in The Green Pastures


A pesar de dar una imagen estereotipada de los afroamericanos, esta película filmada en Louisiana cuenta con un inusual elenco completo de actores afroamericanos en 1936, hecho que no volvería a repetirse hasta 1954 en la película Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger)

Desde el punto de vista del activismo pro derechos humanos, es interesante leer el siguiente ensayo:
Thank God for Uncle Tom: Race and Religion Collide in The Green Pastures

An unusual film  spiced with gospel music
with a southern accent where it recounts some 
biblical passages, Noah and the great flood ...

Una película inusual aderezada de música gospel 
con acento sureño donde relata algunos
pasajes bíblicos, Noé y el gran diluvio...

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