US Embassy presents: Telling the American Story: Literature in Cinema: If Beale Street Could Talk
Dir by Barry Jenkins
USA 2018, 119 min
In English, with English subtitles
In a 1974 New York Times Book review, the author Joyce Carol Oates called fellow writer James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk “so vividly human and so obviously based upon reality that it strikes us as timeless.” Set in early 1970s Harlem, Baldwin’s novel and its 2018 film adaptation follow the young black couple Tish and Fonny as their lives are torn apart by a false criminal accusation based on racism. Ultimately an optimistic story about the bonds of love between partners and among families, If Beale Street Could Talk is just as relevant today as it was almost 50 years ago.
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