The Green Pastures, a 1936 black folk-classic film, has long captured the attentions of audiences both black and white. It is a picture to be appreciated t merely for its entertainment value or cinematic techniques but also for its place in the history of American social change. We are w offered the best guide to our understanding of both, with Thomas Cripps's substantial introduction and learned antations of the script, along with the accompanying shooting script itself, never before published.
Thomas Cripps is Professor of History and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Popular Culture at Morgan State University.Tino Balio, Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin Madison, is the author of United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars, United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry, and the editor of The American Film Industry as well as the 22 volume Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research from 1966 to 1882.