If Beale Street Could Talk

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USA | 2018 | 119 minutes | Barry Jenkins

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Barry Jenkins reveals the layers of conflicting motivations in a filmmaking style that approaches music - dipping into James Baldwin's elevated language and following his characters with unabashed devotion, fully capturing the texture of '70s New York.

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Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream. Barry Jenkins draws deep from the well of Baldwin's, whose profound insight into African Americans' unique place in American society serves as inspiration for this gorgeous tone poem on love and justice.

  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Principal Cast: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Megan Ellison, Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Chelsea Barnard, Mark Ceryak, Brad Pitt
  • Screenplay: Barry Jenkins
  • Cinematographers: James Laxton
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R