Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Color Purple (1985)

Academy Awards, USA 1986

Best Picture
Steven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Quincy Jones
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Whoopi Goldberg
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Margaret Avery
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Oprah Winfrey
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Menno Meyjes
Best Cinematography
Allen Daviau
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
J. Michael Riva
Bo Welch
Linda DeScenna
Best Costume Design
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Best Music, Original Song
Quincy Jones (music/lyrics)
Rod Temperton (music/lyrics)
Lionel Richie (lyrics)
For the song "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)".
Best Music, Original Score
Quincy Jones
Jeremy Lubbock
Rod Temperton
Caiphus Semenya
AndraƩ Crouch
Chris Boardman
Jorge Calandrelli
Joel Rosenbaum
Fred Steiner
Jack Hayes
Jerry Hey
Randy Kerber
Best Makeup
Ken Chase

Warner Bros.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
My rating: 1.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros.)

A young teenage girl endures a never-ending series of hardships in picturesque rural Georgia. Her children (the result of incest) are taken away from her. She is then forced into marriage and repeatedly raped and beaten by her brutal husband. Her sister barely avoids being raped by him as well, so he forcibly separates them and hides her letters for most of their adult lives. She is subject to the usual racism from white neighbors, who violently take out their frustrations on her friend and then lock her up in prison. She briefly finds solace in a lesbian relationship with her husband's lover. All of this dire melodrama takes place in fields overflowing with flowers, a honky tonk bursting with upbeat musical numbers and comedy relief from various characters who come and go when needed. Spielberg's attempt at drama is a near-total failure, his overblown production techniques, more suitable for a blockbuster, are a complete mismatch for this material.

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