Film and Live Score: Body and Soul with DJ Spooky
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
DJ Spooky performs an original live score created for the silent film Body and Soul (Oscar Micheaux, 1925, 93 min.), which stars Paul Robeson in his film debut. The film follows Robeson as he plays both an escaped convict masquerading as a minister and his twin brother, who is a model citizen. Regarded as a rare work in African American cinematic history, Body and Soul boasts biting social commentary on issues of race and gender that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades, and that still resonate today. After the screening, participate in a Q&A with Spooky.
The film has been remastered for Pioneers of African-American Cinema, DJ Spooky’s collection of early cinema by Black directors.