Barry Jenkins follows up his Oscar-winning Moonlight with another masterpiece; a lush, visual love story and the first ever film adaptation of James Baldwin’s work
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. In the film’s opening shot, a gorgeous crane movement set to Nicholas Brittell’s sumptuously Gershwin-
Beale Street perfectly overlays archival footage of black oppression with narration of James Baldwin’s own words (he was truly one of the greatest speakers of the 20th century) and who’s black and white harshness butts up against the visual splendor (great work by Oscar-nominated editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders). In a scene late in the film, Fonny’s friend Daniel (a superb Brian Tyree Henry,
Jenkins also is not shy about his affinity of the works of everyone from Claire Denis to Wong-
If Beale Street Could Talk world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released by Annapurna Pictures on November 30th.