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If Beale Street Could Talk Trailer: Based on the book by James Baldwin #book2movie

Kiki Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk from Barry Jenkins based on the book by James Baldwin
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk

In case you missed it (I did!) the trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk was released earlier this month. The movie comes from the Oscar-winning director of Moonlighting by Barry Jenkins and is based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel.

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Penguin/Random House calls it 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, Baldwin’s 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.

Only a couple of hundred pages which I'll hit up prior to seeing If Beale Street Could Talk when it opens this November. In the meantime, some pages from the novel read by Maya Angelou. Followed by the trailer.

If Beale Sreet Could Talk stars Kiki Layne (Chicago Med) as Tish and Stephan James (Selma) as Alonzo.