Hallelujah (1929)

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Much is noteworthy about this historically significant movie directed by King Vidor, our career achievement award namesake. It was his first “sound” film, as he made the leap from the silent era into the talkies. It’s also widely known as the first movie with an all-black cast, virtually unheard of in the early days of filmmaking. And it’s a musical with a lively score by Irving Berlin, lending itself to many scenes of spirited singing and praying. King Vidor was nominated for a Best Director Oscar, and it was 1929’s top Hollywood money maker.

Join film journalist Kirk Honeycutt when he hosts this watershed film and shares more fascinating bits of trivia about King Vidor and the making of “Hallelujah.” 109 min. Drama/musical. USA

Saturday 1:30pm Palm Theatre
Sunday 4:00pm Park Cinemas