This film is a black feature film consisting of a vast cast. The main character is of Zeke (Daniel L. Haynes) and Chick, (Nina McKinney). The most important feature of this film lies on the fact that it consists of the first American African cast showing few element of prejudice against blacks that they are uneducated, and unethical individuals, but the narration of the film supersedes these negative features because the cinematography and music was widely appreciated by all. As it was first African American film, it posed as a risky release and thus, it was not made to release in all the states though the main motive behind Vidor’s creation was to instill awareness among youth and reduce the stereotyped mindsets regarding blacks. This film was included in National Film Preservation Board in 2008.
“Hellelujah” was musical which Vidor directed. The film had significant features of black entertainment that represented the low classes of Blacks of that era. In terms of visual aspects, it was portrayed remarkably as Vidor experimented in the film; it was screened in Tennessee and Arkansas, where there was no interruption from new formed sound engineers at that time. There were other amazing attributes in the film; for instance, camera fluidity that showed through the sequences in the film, they was a first shot, and then the sound was added in the sequence. Moreover, though in that era, it was difficult to retain shots but Vidor was able to depict soft images of fields, the sequence of church meeting and the scene of the swamps were all portrayed beautifully.
These scenes of cotton processing where there were paddle wheel sequences have a profound impact on the audience. It also has some kind of documentary feel to the film even though it has a narrative story line. The Actress, Nina Mae Mckinnney’s role is carried out with perfection even though she was very young, about 16 years old at that time when the