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Screen capture of the devil in Hell Bound Train.

Date produced: 1933

Filmmaker(s):

James Gist

Eloyce Gist

Languages:

English

Length:

50 minutes

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

Preserved and archived by the Library of Congress.

Description:

Hell Bound Train "depicts the devil as the train's engineer both driving his locomotive toward hell and tempting the sinner-passengers that occupy various cars on the train. The film is divided into episodes each one representing a different kind of sin or sinner and set in a corresponding car of the train" Tepperman, 233-234.

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Available on DVD box set released in 2015 'Pioneers of African-American Cinema'.
For a brief discussion of the film in the context of amateur filmmaking see: Tepperman, Charles. Amateur Cinema: The Rise of North American Moviemaking, 1923-1960. University of California Press, 2014.
Listen to an interview on archive.org with independent filmmaker Steven Torriano Berry on reconstructing Gist Film Fragments at the Orphan Film Symposium in 2013.

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Library of Congress

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