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The Black Emperor
The Black Emperor

The Black Emperor 1949


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The Black Emperor 1949

United Kingdom

Paul Robeson was one of British cinema's most bankable stars of the 1930s and his 1937 feature Song of Freedom was repurposed after the war for home viewing. This short extract charts the rise of his character John Zinga to stardom as an international opera singer. It features two songs from the film, Stepping Stone and the song from the onscreen opera, Black Emperor.




Paul Robeson Before Windrush




United Kingdom



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