If Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinIn this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwins story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
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The movie also offers viewers a chance to reflect on the work of an author who is as indispensable today as he was in his own lifetime. In particular, the novel marked a crucial turn in how the author sought to characterize the most abiding theme and moral principle of his work: love. If Beale Street Could Talk received mixed reviews on publication. By contrast, the author had spent the previous decade instead writing and thinking about love as a collective American experience, one whose power came from the fact that it could cut across racial lines. In these civil-rights-era works, Baldwin was keen on interrogating white power and championing love to realize the full promise of America.
The film follows a young woman who, with her family's support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. It was praised for the acting particularly by King , Jenkins's screenplay and direction, the cinematography, and the musical score. While the film is presented in a non-linear structure, this plot summary is written in a linear fashion. Clementine "Tish" Rivers and Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt have been friends their whole lives, and begin a romantic relationship when they are older. It is the early s, and they struggle to find a place to live as most New York City landlords refuse to rent apartments to black people.
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If Beale Street Could Talk reviewed by Mark Kermode
American film, mirroring the stratifications of American society, evolved to distort the sexuality of black men and women, either neutering it entirely or grotesquely overstating it. This recovered footage, by contrast, shows a moment of uncomplicated attraction between black people, with no trace of prank or meanness or midnight-colored paint. Watching it, I want to let my guard down and enjoy the lovely wildness of the couple, whose hips seem drawn close by some law more ungovernable than set direction. It is autumn in New York, and nature is conspiring with the young lovers: the yellow of the leaves matches the yellow of their outfits. Jenkins has a symphonic devotion to the wordless visual monologue, delivered through the miracle of the human face.