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  • Actors: Paul Robeson
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 410 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VDQS4S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,303 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set of films starring Paul Robeson, the actor, athlete, singer and civil rights activist, who could sing and speak in more than twenty languages and was a huge role model for African Americans during the 1920s and '30s. In 'Body and Soul' (1925), a dissolute, venal black preacher (Robeson) shows up in a seedy speakeasy full of criminals and cardsharps, then appears to be trying to dupe a pious mother (Julia Theresa Russell) into marrying off her daughter (Mercedes Gilbert). In 'Sanders of the River' (1935), RG Sanders (Leslie Banks) has established peace in the river district of West Africa where he is a British Resident Commissioner. His probationary chief, Bosambo (Robeson), uses Sanders' orders to free a slave convoy. 'Song of Freedom' (1936) tells the story of a successful British concert singer (Robeson) who discovers he is descended from a West African queen whose tribe is now leaderless. He goes to Africa where he is met with hostility - can he win their hearts and minds?In the musical, 'Big Fella' (1937), a Marseille dock worker (Robeson) befriends a small boy (Eldon Gorst) who has lost his parents after arriving on an ocean liner. Can he reunite the young lad with his mother and father? In 'King Solomon's Mines' (1937), fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien (Arthur Sinclair) is on a trek across the desert in hope of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. His daughter (Anna Lee) persuades hunter Allan Quartermain (Cedric Hardwicke) to lead a party to rescue him. Robeson plays the O'Brien's guide, Umbopa.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RCDG on 1 Aug. 2009
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Paul Robeson was an exceptional man in many ways, but his voice always stands out. These are his early films made in the 1920's and 30's when he was in Britain. Like all the films of the period a little slow and one is silent (a pity), but always enjoyable. He does get to sing in all but the silent one and there is a CD of his music. A definite for a fan.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By anne on 3 Oct. 2010
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Unfortunately, the Paul Robeson Collection Batch of 4 discs is faulty: disc N° 2 is missing (2 discs N° 3 instead of one N° 2 & one N° 3). After having sent it back once asking for the new batch to be checked first, I received once again an incomplete batch, grew tired & gave up.
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