As the first race film added to the Library of Congress’
National Film Registry, The Blood of Jesus spins a tale
of temptation that continues to fascinate viewers. A non-
Christian husband accidentally shoots his devout Baptist
wife, which leads to her eventual death. Upon death, she
is visited by an angel that takes her to the ‘crossroads’
between Heaven and Hell. There she is met with agents of
both temptation and good, vying for her soul. In the surreal
juke-joints of the city, she must determine her fate, before
it’s too late. Spencer Williams was a little-known filmmaker
who enjoyed the rare privilege of being able to write, direct,
produce, and star in his own films. (35mm presentation)
Special thanks to Jones
Film and Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library, Southern
Methodist University and Amy Turner.
The screening will be introduced by Northwestern University scholar, Jacqueline Stewart. Information on her Naremore Lecture can be found here.