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Accusing him of not seeing the woods for the trees, of concerning himself too much "with the superficialities of idiom, and the shape of the cook's cap" rather than "the larger social values" of the picture, Hurst praises the film for having made a significant contribution to humanizing Black people: "The important social value of this picture is that it practically inaugurates into the important medium of the motion picture, a consideration of the Negro as part of the social pattern of American life" (121).
But surely the cocktail of superficialities is too absurd.
If the glittering superficialities of the office entrance its occupant, he risks distraction from his arduous tasks.