The Blood of Jesus


The Blood of Jesus

Infobox_Film
name = The Blood of Jesus


imdb_id = 0033406
writer = Spencer Williams
starring = Cathryn Caviness
Spencer Williams
Juanita Riley
Reather Hardeman
director = Spencer Williams
producer = Spencer Williams
distributor =
runtime = 57 min
language = English
budget =

"The Blood of Jesus" (1941) is a classic example of the "race film" genre of films by African-American directors and casts, geared exclusively for an African-American audience. This film, written and directed by Spencer Williams Jr. of the TV show "Amos & Andy Show" (who also played Razz Williams in the film), is a morality tale about a woman (Cathryn Caviness) who is accidentally shot to death by her husband. Facing death, she must choose between Hell, represented as urban life, and Zion, represented as pastoral America, and between Satan and God. The climax comes when she makes her decision at the foot of the cross and wakes up to singing of her church choir. Intended to promote a Black Southern Baptist ideal of a virtuous rural life, the film was a major success and one of the most popular films in its genre.

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The film has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.


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