T2, Theater 2
Live accompaniment by Braxton Cook and Andrew Renfroe
*Body and Soul.* 1925. USA. Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Courtesy Kino Lorber

Body and Soul. 1925. USA. Directed by Oscar Micheaux. With Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert, Julia Theresa Russell. 93 min.

The legendary Paul Robeson—actor, singer, lawyer, and political activist—made a blistering screen debut in this silent masterpiece by the prolific independent black director Oscar Micheaux. Robeson excels in a dual role, playing both an escaped convict who presents himself as a firebrand minister, and the convict's upstanding brother. Courtesy George Eastman Museum. 35mm. Silent, with live musical accompaniment.