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Cabin in the Sky

The greatest African-American stars of the 1940s take a musical trip to heaven and hell.

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USA 1943
Dir Vincente Minnelli
With Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong
Certificate U

Featuring an all-star, all-African-American cast, Cabin plays like a gospel reworking of Faust and the Wizard of Oz. Lena Horne is captivating in her first starring role, but at the film’s warm heart is Ethel Waters who, like Horne, rarely got the parts she deserved. Here she’s exceptional as a middle-aged woman ‘Taking a Chance on Love’.

Robin Baker

Also available on BFI Player.

+ Black and Tan
USA 1929. Dir Dudley Murphy. 19min.
Duke Ellington and Fredi Washington star in a musical tale from the Harlem Renaissance.


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