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King Vidor United States, 1929

the_mentaculus's rating of the film Hallelujah!

Surprisingly great - technically ahead of its time (the editing of the swamp chase; the overhead shot in the church hall; the POV shots; the innovative use of offscreen dialogue), it's hard to tell this was Vidor's first sound film. The way the film also charges the religious themes with simmering sexuality is refreshing and provocative. A hidden gem.