The Emperor Jones Movie (PD)

This is a complex movie, especially for the 1930s. It is absolutely in the Public Domain, and can be found elsewhere besides YouTube. Some might deem it racist, but it is not. Starring the one and only Paul Robeson, this movie is the Emperor Jones.

In some ways this movie frightens me, because Robeson’s character frightens me – and it has nothing to do with race. At least my being frightened has nothing to do with race. The movie has a lot to do with race, class, and other issues too. It is a very complex movie, as I have already mentioned, but on top of that, one must keep in mind when it was made.  But the great Robeson was always pushing the limit, and always ahead of his time. Check out his bass like baritone in this, as well.

Thank you to the YouTube user who took the time format and upload this.

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