By On Location: MEMPHIS (other events)

Thursday, July 6 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Filmed in Tennessee and Arkansas and chronicling the troubled quest of a sharecropper, Zeke Johnson (Haynes), and his relationship with the seductive Chick (McKinney), Hallelujah was one of the first all-black films by a major studio. It was intended for a general audience and was considered so risky a venture by MGM that they required King Vidor to invest his own salary in the production. Vidor expressed an interest in “showing the Southern Negro as he is” and attempted to present a relatively non-stereotyped view of African-American life.