“Spencer Williams’ close attention to the spiritual yearnings of his characters transforms the
simplistic plots…Spencer Williams catches the exact sound, look, the sensuality of Black religious experience…
Spencer Williams primitive technique distances his films from the similiar spiritual studies made, in the same era, by European giants Robert Bresson and Carl Dryer, but no other American filmmaker I know of went as far into spiritual exploration (until Martin Scorsese)…”
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