Cabin in the Sky

One can easily criticise this all-black musical (Minnelli's first feature) for falling prey to the same 'Uncle Tom' stereotyping that characterised Green Pastures, but there's no denying both the compassion with which Minnelli treats his characters and the immense cinematic talent on view. The gorgeous dreamlike sets and consummate control of the fantastic atmosphere that imbues the story (an idle, poverty-stricken farmer dreams of being sent to Hell upon dying) are already well developed. And the cast are magnificent, delivering the lovely Harold Arlen score with style and power.

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenwriter: Joseph Schrank
Cast: Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Lena Horne
Ethel Waters
Louis Armstrong
Rex Ingram
Duke Ellington
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