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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 15-MAY-2007
Media Type: DVD
Steven Spielberg, proving he's one of the few modern filmmakers who has the visual fluency to be capable of making a great silent film, took a melodramatic, D.W. Griffith-inspired approach to filming Alice Walker's novel. His tactics made the film controversial, but also a popular hit. You can argue with the appropriateness of Spielberg's decision, but his astonishing facility with images is undeniable--from the exhilarating and eye-popping opening shots of children playing in paradisiacal purple fields to the way he conveys the brutality of a rape by showing hanging leather belts banging against the head of the shaking bed. In a way it's a shame that Whoopi Goldberg, a stage monologist who made her screen debut in this movie, went on to become so famous, because it was, in part, her unfamiliarity that made her understated performance as Celie so effective. (This may be the first and last time that the adjective understated can be applied to Goldberg.) Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best picture and actress (supporting players Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery were also nominated), it was quite a scandal--and a crushing blow to Spielberg--when it won none. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was not able to play it on my dvd player (Canada) and I was disappointed because I did not see any notification that this was not an American DVD movie.Published 27 days ago by Mikyla Smith
Whoopie and Oprah are great, this film is cast with great taste !!Published 3 months ago by Barbara J Felte
Well, if you thought the book by Alice Walker was amazing, you must see the movie. Spielberg has taken the heart of the story and made it into a stunning and sensitive triumph. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mys M
What can one possibly say, the Cast, the trials, the times.....Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Nancy M. Leblanc
I've watched this movie so many times, and still love it. I cry every timePublished 10 months ago by Charlotte Booley