If Beale Street Could Talk Trailer

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If Beale Street Could Talk Trailer

In 1974, in her review for the New York Times, Joyce Carol Oates described James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk as a novel that “stresses the communal bond between members of an oppressed minority, especially between members of a family, which would probably not be experienced in happier times. As society disintegrates in a collective sense, smaller human unity will become more and more important.” Within that sense of family, the heart of Baldwin’s fifth novel is optimistic.

Today, Baldwin’s birthday, director Barry Jenkins dropped the first trailer for his adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk, which looks like it has all the potential to be another moving and powerful masterpiece.

It’s the director’s first film since directing Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight—for which he also won Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director—another work of art that, at its heart, was optimistic and beautifully human.

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