The Apostle and Oh Brother narratives both move through the theological framework of orientation, disorientation and new orientation. It is not just the narrative and visual impact of these movies that have given them success. It is also the hermeneutical effect on the audience of the powerful music that hails from an authentic and uniquely American biblical apocalyptic tradition that gives the stories their optimism and hope. Because of the radio and the authentic folk musical traditions of the black and Appalachian communities, these songs of transformation have given the world American popular music. In both these movies, new life is realized through mass communication: the radio.
"Black Song, White Song: Salvation Through The Radio in The Apostle and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 6:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol6/iss2/3