The Novel Turned Film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Shows Black Love In The 1950s From A Different Angle
By: Brianna Wigfall
Barry Jenkins, an award-winning director for the film ‘Moonlight,’ is taking his shot in a new film called ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ which was derived from the same novel by James Baldwin in 1974. Jenkins is the first to translate Baldwin’s french written novels into an English-language film. New on the scene, actress Kiki Layne plays the main character Tish, who is fighting for her husband’s freedom after he was wrongfully accused of rape, all while carrying their first child.
Why Beale Street?
“I chose Beale Stree because I felt the novel, more than any of his other works (James Baldwin), represented the perfect bend of Baldwin’s dual obsessions with romance and social critique, as sensual a depiction of love as it is a biting observation of systemic injustice,” Jenkins said in a personal memoir on Esquire.