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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If Beale Street Could Talk
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From acclaimed director Barry Jenkins comes this timeless love story set in s Harlem, where a young couple and their families fight for justice – and the promise of the American dream. KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King. In terms of craft, If Beale Street Could Talk is a.
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While her imprisoned lover awaits trial, Tish must summon the strength to carry on and preserve their unbreakable bond. With his signature flair for poetic cinematography and expressive light, Jenkins manages to honour — and even build upon — the beautiful words of Baldwin as he explores racial bias, incarceration, unconditional love and familial bonds with lyrical intimacy. Featuring a staggering central performance from newcomer Layne and a gorgeous Oscar-nominated score from Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk is a delicate, electrically alive film bursting with lush colour and warm optimism. There are no scheduled sessions for this film. Please return to the Now Showing page for upcoming films.
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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. They eventually find a place in a warehouse in the process of being converted to loft apartments ; Levy, the Jewish landlord, agrees to rent it to them at a reasonable rate because he enjoys seeing couples who are in love, regardless of their race. That night, Tish is harassed by a man while shopping at a mostly white grocery store.