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James Earl Jones gives the performance of a lifetime in this one-man show as singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson, whose controversial political views ended his career prematurely.


Paul Robeson was a man of extraordinary versatility and achieved distinction as both a scholar and an athlete before he became an internationally-honored concert artist, and stage and screen actor, in the 1930s and 40s. His life took a darker turn in the late 40s when he repeatedly spoke out against racial injustice and defended the Soviet Union (at the height of the Cold War).


As a result, he was virtually blacklisted from the entertainment industry. His passport was revoked and his concerts were canceled. His dazzling career was shattered. Only towards the end of his life did he resume public appearances and his fame began to revive. He died in 1976.


James Earl Jones is outstanding in this two-act show, turning in a magnificent performance with only a few props and a bare stage, portraying Robeson's life and truly heroic spirit.  In Jones' expert hands, Robeson springs to life, relating how he became one of the first black stars (appearing in films such as The Emperor Jones and Show Boat) who dared to speak out against racism.

Number of DVDs: 1
Quality: 9/10
Running Time: 115 min (approx)
Aspect Ratio: Full Screen 1.33:1
NOTES: This is a fan-made DVD set. Not    a studio release.
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