Hallelujah is a movie with a spiritual story aboutthe blacks from the south. Hallelujah has fair claim to be the primary perfectwork of art of the sound period. DefinitelyKing Vidor the director of Hallelujah, could have understood his routnely proposedall-black film just at a minute when the Broadway achievement of RoubenMamoulian’s Porgy, rumor about a comparable venture at Fox (Hearts of Dixie),and Vidor’s own particular readiness to bet his salary all joined withcorporate confusion at MGM—the last significant studio to prepare for sound.
Atlast, Hallelujah’s accompanyingmusic couldn’t quite make it a musical nor defuse its brutality; and it had asmuch issue with appointments in the North as in the South. Thestory has different characters like Zeke, a fine looking young black man, whosold cotton with his family for daily bread for a hundred dollars, is seen in adance hall crowded with happy black men and women. Chick, the seductress, utilizesher feminine wiles and soon Zeke is lured into a dice game with a man dressedin a flashy style known as Hot Shot, chick’s gambling hustler boyfriend. obviously,Zeke lost the game and his money which led to a fight between Zeke and Hot Shotin which Zeke grabs Hot Shot’s revolver and fires pointblank at the crowd. Hemortally wounds his own brother, who died in the cart Zeke on their way backhome. On getting home, Mammy’s “mother’s instinct” suspected something bad hadhappened to her sons.
It wasn’t explained to why Zeke wasn’t punished for his brother’sdeath but his father, Pappy, forgave him and Zeke became a rabid preacher. Theyare so many stereotypes portrayed in this movie, both positive ad negative. In thefirst scene it showed the family eating chicken after the days work of pickingcotton.
They relax and have fun by eating chicken and corn bread and dancingand singing and the family engages in an after-dinner jig with theyoungest of the family tap dancing on tables as they all sing together. This caricaturestill exists in people mind as of today when they see African-American’s eatingchicken or even watermelon. Another scene shows when Zeke irrepressibly forcesa kiss on Missy Rose one of his house mate which displays another stereotype whichis the “Black blur” a male unable to control himself usually ate sight of a womanin this case Missy Rose and Chick. Most of the scene showed them singing anddancing