If Beale Street Could Talk

Until now, James Baldwin’s books had not been adapted into a feature film in English. There is one French adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk and excerpts from other books appear elsewhere, but the new If Beale Street Could Talk is the first full Baldwin book to be reimagined by an American director. After his Oscar-winning hit Moonlight, Barry Jenkins took on the ambitious project of turning Baldwin’s novel about a passionate couple torn apart by an unjust system into a screenplay. Jenkins told IndieWire about the adaptation process: “While it was the first time Baldwin has been adapted for an English-language feature film, and there was some pressure to keep as much of it the same as possible, what it ultimately comes down to is: the book is the book, and the movie is the movie.”
Source: Barry Jenkins’s Tender Adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk

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