Holy Ghost People
December 3, 2015 8:48 AM   Subscribe

Holy Ghost People (1967) Dir. Peter Adair. Sound. Steve Reich "Ground-breaking example of "cinema verite" filmmaking at its best! This documentary explores the individual experiences of Pentacostal Christians. Film culminates with ceremonial handling of poisonous snakes. Ironically, it is the preacher that gets bitten."
posted by OmieWise (7 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I saw this in a college anthropology class, I believe. I don't see the irony in the bitten preacher.
posted by allthinky at 11:17 AM on December 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

The title of this post (and the film) reminds me of this old bluegrass standard.
posted by Duffington at 11:30 AM on December 3, 2015

also saw in college
that was a good class, "Anthropology of Religion"
posted by thelonius at 12:54 PM on December 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

I think that's where I saw this, too. Anthropology of Religion, UC Santa Cruz, something like a million years ago. Great class though.
posted by UhOhChongo! at 2:20 PM on December 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

That was it! Old Stu Schlegel's Anthro of Religion class.

Uh oh, UhOhChongo!
(I also loved the Banana Splits)
posted by allthinky at 7:16 PM on December 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

Spring 1987, Thimann Hall. Maybe we were in class together?
posted by UhOhChongo! at 8:57 PM on December 3, 2015

Maybe I'm being small-minded but something tells me that if you die from a snakebite in worship of your God and must appear before this being for judgment, God might just tell you are too stupid for heaven and too innocent for hell.
posted by Muncle at 9:50 PM on December 3, 2015

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