If Beale Street Could Talk Analysis

When KiKi Layne’s Tish and Stephan James’ Fonny make love for the first time, If Beale Street Could Talk cuts to a golden light shimmering off the surface of a jazz record. It spins, unevenly but with purpose, carrying with it the weight of history. Of American history. Of Black American history. The history that author James Baldwin spent a lifetime pulling into the present.

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2018 New York Film Festival

Most of the big movies of the fall have now premiered (although a few obvious exceptions remain to be unveiled) after their bows at Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Now it’s time for smaller, regional festivals to help further sort the wheat from the chaff. The New York Film Festival (NYFF), which kicks off this week, provides a perfect bridge to this next stage of the season. The festival features no world premieres, just a tightly curated slate of what the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s programmers determine are among the year’s best.

/Film will be in attendance at the New York Film Festival catching up with some of 2018’s best festival bows. But for those who can’t make it up to the Big Apple, you can craft a miniature festival in your own living room based around the NYFF lineup. Here are 10 films you can stream to get you hyped up for some of the eventual release of the festival’s selections. (All streaming availability is accurate as of publication and subject to change.) Read More »

if beale street could talk trailer

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is back with If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from the James Baldwin novel of the same name. Jenkins’ film follows a pregnant young woman hoping to clear her fiancé’s name after he’s imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Watch the new If Beale Street Could Talk trailer below.

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if beale street could talk jake gyllenhaal

On top of being an uber-talented actor and the thinking girl’s heartthrob, Jake Gyllenhaal has now ascended to becoming this fall movie season’s behind-the-scenes hero.

Gyllenhaal made headlines earlier this summer for having a part in getting Jamie Lee Curtis to return as Laurie Strode for the Halloween reboot, which helped make it one of the most anticipated movies of the season. And now he’s revealed to have helped get Barry Jenkins‘ adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk to the big screen — and it happened almost by accident.

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if beale street could talk review

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin. Romantic and tragic, Beale Street is gorgeous and emotionally stirring – the type of movie that only comes along every so often.

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Outlaw King TIFF

The opening and closing night films at TIFF have been announced. David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine, will open the fest, while Justin Kelly, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, will close. More info on these titles, and what else to look forward to at TIFF below.

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If Beale Street Could Talk Trailer

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins just revealed the first teaser trailer for this next film, If Beale Street Could Talk, and it looks incredible. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, the film focuses on a woman trying to free her falsely accused husband from prison. Watch the If Beale Street Could Talk trailer below.

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Barry Jenkins Next Movie

As you might expect from the creator of this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been keeping busy. He hopped over into the TV world to direct the fifth episode of Justin Simien‘s excellent Netflix series Dear White People, and Jenkins is staying in that medium to write and direct a small screen adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s best-selling novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon.

But fear not, movie lovers, because Jenkins won’t be in the TV realm for long. He’s just set up his next movie: an adaptation of James Baldwin‘s acclaimed book If Beale Street Could Talk.
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