Black Film

Go Tell It on the Mountain (in full)

Based on James Baldwin’s powerful novel, this 1985 movie from PBS’s American Playhouse is a heart-wrenching tale of tragedy, hypocrisy, and a hard-heartedness born of hard times. Following the journeys — physical, spiritual, and emotional — of three generations of one African-American family, from the post-Civil War rural South to Harlem in the 1930s, this is a potent film, redolent of love and loss, made all the more forceful by strong performances from a stunning cast: Paul Winfield and Ruby Dee, as well as Alfre Woodard and Ving Rhames in early film appearances. via



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