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Title Hell-bound train / [written and directed by James and Eloyce Gist] ; produced for video by Bret Wood
Published [New York, New York] : [Kino Lorber], [2016]


Description 1 online resource (1 video file (51 min.)) : sound, black and white
Summary The film is the work of self-taught filmmakers James and Eloyce Gist, African-American evangelists who employed cinema as a tool for their traveling ministry. Their surreal visual allegories were screened in churches and meeting halls, accompanied by a sermon and the passing of a collection plate. Rather than having a linear story, the film is instead a catalog of iniquity, a car-by car dramatization of the sins of the Jazz Age (including gambling, dancing, alcohol, and the mistreatment of animals), presided over by the horned devil, culminating in a colossal derailment (a model train tossed in a bonfire)
Notes Restoration of the 1930 film
Credits Reconstructed by S. Toriano Berry ; music composed and Dr. Samual Waymon
Notes Silent movie, with musical accompaniment and with intertitles and subtitles in English
Description based on online resource, viewed [May 19, 2023] ; title from title frames
Subject African Americans -- Drama
Sin -- Christianity -- Drama
Devil -- Christianity -- Drama
Allegories -- Drama
Sin -- Christianity
Devil -- Christianity
African Americans
Genre/Form Surrealist films
Silent films
Race films
Fiction films
Christian films
Feature films
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Silent films.
Christian films.
Race films.
Surrealist films.
Films muets.
Films de fiction.
Films chrétiens.
Form Streaming video
Author Gist, James, film director, screenwriter.
Gist, Eloyce, 1892-1974, film director, screenwriter.
Berry, Torriano, restorationist (expression)
Waymon, Sam, composer (expression), performer.
Wood, Bret, film producer.
Kino Lorber, Inc., publisher.
Other Titles Hellbound train