Beale Street (Originalversion)

Harlem in den 70iger Jahren:
Alonzo ‚Fonny‘ Hunt (Stephan James) und Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) kennen sich schon seit ihrer Kindheit, doch erst jetzt mit Anfang Zwanzig stellen die beiden fest, dass sie sich lieben.
Doch dann wird Fonny verhaftet, weil er eine Frau vergewaltigt haben soll, obwohl er ein Alibi vorweisen kann und nicht einmal in der Nähe des Tatorts war.
Tish hält jedoch an ihrer Liebe fest, besucht Fonny immer wieder im Gefängnis und gesteht ihm dort auch irgendwann, dass sie ein Kind von ihm erwartet…

Einen Post zu ‚Beale Street‘ zu schreiben fällt mir wirklich schwer und ich schleiche nun schon seit einiger Zeit darum herum.
Der Film ist visuell ein echtes Gedicht.
Das Setting in den Siebziger Jahren ist wunderbar umgesetzt, die Farbgebung mit ganz vielen Erdtönen hat mir großartig gefallen und die Tatsache, dass Regisseur Barry Jenkins in seinem zweiten Kinofilm nach ‚Moonlight‚ erneut mit vielen Großaufnahmen der Gesichter seiner Darsteller arbeitet, macht den Film wirklich sehenswert.
Ein weiterer großer Pluspunkt für mich sind die Schauspieler.
Die Chemie zwischen James und Layne ist spürbar vorhanden und verwandelt die erzählte Liebesgeschichte in etwas ganz Besonderes.
Regina King als Mutter von Tish hat mir auch ausnehmend gut gefallen und ich finde, sie hat ihren Oscar für die Rolle auf jeden Fall verdient (auch wenn mein Favourite ja nach wie vor Rachel Weisz gewesen wäre).
Der restliche Cast paßt leistungsmäßig sehr gut ins Bild und unterstützt die beiden Hauptdarsteller, die die Geschichte gekonnt tragen.
Positiv aufgefallen ist mir außerdem die Unaufgeregtheit mit der Jenkins die Geschichte inszeniert.
Da wird nicht effektheischend die Geschichte von Diskriminierung und Ungerechtigkeit erzählt, sondern ‚einfach‘ die Realität von Menschen geschildert, die vor Ungerechtigkeit zum Himmel schreit, die aber nur wenig Spielraum für Auswege läßt.
Für mich sind gerade Tish und ihre Mutter Helden des Alltags, die sich durch ihr Leben ‚kämpfen‘, aber sich dabei auch mit der Realität abfinden (müssen).
Ich glaube das ist es dann aber auch, was den Film für mich nicht so unglaublich gut wie zum Beispiel ‚Moonlight‘ macht.
Denn in meinem Kinosessel habe ich gerade in der zweiten Hälfte immer auf den großen Rums gewartet, auf DAS Ereignis, das der Geschichte nochmal eine Wendung und den Figuren eine andere Richtung gibt.
Doch dieser Rums kam nicht und so würde ich ‚beale Street‘ für mich als sehenswert, aber nicht als Film einordnen, den ich mir immer wieder anscauen möchte.

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36 Antworten zu Beale Street (Originalversion)

  1. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, I love how you describe the film „visually a real poem“ (google translate and my broken German so forgive me) I was vascillating whether to see this but my curiosity is now piqued. Not having seen Regina Hall in much I would have leaned for RW as well to win best supporting actress she was magnificent in The Favourite but we’ve had that convo already!

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  2. Servetus schreibt:

    I loved this film, but to me it didn’t have the feeling of development that Moonlight did. I think part of the problem is that the ending is drastically changed from over against the book. I heard any interview with Regina Hall on the radio; apparently they filmed the original ending and showed it to test audiences who had wildly negative reactions, so then they filmed this one.

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  3. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Regina King is a great actress and will get the chance to play more great characters in the future

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  4. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: I agree, there is not much develoment there.
    In the book Fonny made bail, right? Mmmmh, not sure why that would result in wildly negative reactions. But thanks for the info, really interesting!

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  5. Servetus schreibt:

    Fonny’s father commits suicide in the book during the birth of the baby, and apparently the way they shot it the first time it was ambiguous enough that some audience members thought Fonny had died or would die. So Jenkins decided on an ending to show that the little family would have a future.

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  6. Servetus schreibt:

    *Regina King.

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  7. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Wow. Does the book say, why he does that?

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  8. Servetus schreibt:

    Tbh, I read this book sometime in the 1980s and I didn’t remember much about it. It was the interview with King that reminded me that the ending had been different.

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  9. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, King not Hall sorry my bad.. yes and I am happy for her and hope she has continued success and plum roles. to come…

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  10. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: That’s a long time….

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  11. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: No problem

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  12. Servetus schreibt:

    We used to get these lists in school of „authors / books you should have read before university“ and my mother had this rule that for every so and so many trash novels I checked out from the library/read (maybe it was 5) I had to read at least one thing off the „college prep“ list. So I read a lot of fairly demanding things as a preteen / teenager. It was probably a good strategy by my mother but I also read a ton of stuff I didn’t understand especially well at the time.

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  13. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: I like that rule, even if you might have not understood all of what you read at the time

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  14. Servetus schreibt:

    I remember being annoyed at first, but the fact is that a lot of „worthwhile literature“ is also quite readable (although not all of it, lol, I really despise James Fenimore Cooper) and it got me to develop a taste for more demanding reading, which wasn’t a bad thing. Even apart from expanding my cultural literacy and preparing me for university and so on. I don’t remember that we ever wrangled over it except maybe at the very beginning.

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  15. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Me too. We had a list in high school like a summer reading list and since we moved around so much growing up my last 1 1/2 half of high school was at an Army base one and the English teacher who gave us this list was fantastic. I hope my brother does the same with my nieces but who knows. I did read many novels that my dad had laying around and I didn’t understand half of them either. My sister and I utilized our elementary and middle school libraries A LOT! As I am finally doing now again!!!!!

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  16. Servetus schreibt:

    I don’t have the impression that the „college reading list“ is a thing anymore, but my nieces are not academic achievers. The elder one has been reading at university level since she was 10, and she’s just bored with school. Unfortunate but not surprising. But she also has this issue with not understanding everything she reads. It sometimes leads to embarrassing moments.

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  17. Servetus schreibt:

    … and it definitely points out the significance of the public library. There’s no way my mother would have bought all those books, even used ones, but if they were in the library they were fair game, and while the library didn’t have everything it sure had more than enough to keep me reading.

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  18. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Such a rule would have sparked opposition with me too.
    But reading and not fully understanding everything is quite common for bookworms of a certain age I guess.
    As a teen I read a lot not age appropriate stuff too. First from my parents, later from the tinny parish library (the only library I had access to at the time – Germanys library scene was/is a joke in many parts of the country).

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  19. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: I like that concept of the reading list. Don’t think we have something similar in Germany except for some university courses

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  20. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Ouch! Bored with school isn’t good :/

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  21. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: THIS!!!! I love that you have that broad net of libraries in your country!

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  22. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, I really did and I tried to faithfully follow it that summer and into my senior year. I loved her because she was quirky and wore these camouflage pants (ie Army base) and spiky blonde hair and was engaging with her students and really had a passion for literature esp Shakespeare. My dad is a huge reader so I think that really helped me out a lot esp in college. He also has a music passion so I think my love of different music genres comes from him as well.

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  23. Servetus schreibt:

    German library scene: it definitely puzzled me. It wasn’t so much an issue in Göttingen because I had the SUB and a lot of friends to borrow from, but when I moved to Mainz it started to be a problem. I was affiliated with the IEG and they only had Fachliteratur. There was a Stadbücherei but it turned out to be a pain to use because of my Anmeldungssituation, and anyway it didn’t have a lot of stuff I really wanted to read. The selection was inferior to the average public library in the U.S., which I thought was odd as Mainz is a really big city. (Although that was the year I read the Jahrestage and Mutmassungen über Jakob. And a LOT of Krimis.) I think after that year I didn’t even try to use a Stadtbücherei. My income went up and I bought more German books. And the HAB in Wolfenbüttel, where I spent a lot of time, had a ton of classic German literature, plus they bought stuff for fellows to read in their spare time, there was a sort of shelf of things the librarians thought we’d like, as there was little to do in town after the library closed other than watch TV or drink.

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  24. Servetus schreibt:

    Our church had a library too but it was mostly religious stuff. Childhood Herba has my sympathies!

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  25. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, I mean I read sometimes articles that I don’t fully understand. I wish my nieces were readers. They are glued to their ipads and the tv. They do like to craft and draw a lot which I think comes from my sister in law who is very creative in crafts and baking and making things. My brother is more the literary reader but he is into science fiction. Neither twin has picked up HP yet and they just turned 9 last Saturday but then I haven’t read HP either!!

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  26. Herba schreibt:

    Michele: Sounds like a fun teacher!
    It’s always great to have a parent who read

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  27. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, yes I am very lucky that my dad is an avid book reader. I think now he is so involved in some business stuff and his Yankees baseball team that his reading has tapered off. I had a similar experience in elementary school as the rock god Armitage had that a teacher read us The Hobbit and did Gollum’s voice so magnificently that it made the book so enjoyable that I sought it out on my own. My dad and brother are HUGE Tolkien fans..

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  28. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: I totally understand. I grew up in the bigest town in our district and we only had the tiny library I talked about.
    As a child I always got books as gifts for birthdays, christmas and all other occasions. Family members would buy these books in our local booksho where the owner knew exactly which books I’d bought myself and which I still wanted. It was a great system and she never got it wrong.
    But I wish the access to books would have been easier growing up.

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  29. Herba schreibt:

    @Servetus: Thanks! My parents did what they could but buying all the books to satisfy my hunger wasn’t possible

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  30. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: I think that’s common for kids now – sadly!

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  31. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: Tolkien wasn’t on my agenda when I was a child. Maybe that’s the reason why I find LotR as book a bit boring 😉

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  32. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, I confess The Hobbit is the only book I have read of Tolkien’s and only as a child maybe around the same nubile age as The Armitage but I never got into LOTR I haven’t even seen the last two movies just PJ’s first one Fellowship of the Ring (?) with my dad maybe 10 years ago. Egads!! Blasphemy I know.

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  33. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: The Hobbit I like, such a cute childrens book!

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  34. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, jou jou very very cute! Hopefully the twin nieces will get into it soon…

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  35. Herba schreibt:

    @Michele: I think there is no guarantee for that. You can introduce them to your favourites but whether they’re like it or not is totally up to them.
    I gifted a very cute book series to my niece, which I really love. My sister liked the books too, my niece wasn’t that excited…ah well, you can’t argue about taste 😉

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  36. Michele Marsh schreibt:

    Herba, yes quite right. They are finicky that is for sure.

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