Art in the Form of Film: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
April 16, 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Friday, April 16, 5:45-9pm
Special Fee: $7, includes a glass of wine or bottle of water.
After winning the Best Picture Oscar for Moonlighting (2016), director Barry Jenkins next tackled the film adaption of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk. The story centers arounds a couple, Tish and Fonny, living in Harlem during the 1970s, who are deeply in love and excited about the future. Then Fonny is falsely accused of a crime and sent to prison. At the same time, Tish, learns she is pregnant and must now also fight to get Fonny exonerated. While that is the bare bones of the plot, racial injustice drives the primary narrative and makes this intense film disturbingly poignant in light of recent events. Nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, won by Regina King for her moving portrayal of Tish’s mother, critics gave this film a 95% approval rating. Instructor Paul Marino will introduce the film, raise questions to ponder and host a post-viewing discussion.