All the characters except Nettie and Shug lead insular lives, unaware of what is occurring outside their own small neighborhood. They are particularly unaware of the larger social and political currents sweeping the world. Despite their isolation, however, they work through problems of racism, sexism, violence, and oppression to achieve a wholeness, both personal and communal. In form and content, The Color Purple is a slave narrative, a life story of a former slave who has gained freedom through many trials and tribulations.
Color Purple This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father.
The one that's inside so many white, liberal American filmmakers but rarely transpires in such brazen, unapologetic form. Wracked, we may assume, with the subliminal national guilt of slavery, many white directors have tackled black issues, not least, among Spielberg's immediate forbears, the Canadian Norman Jewison, who made In The Heat Of The Night and later A Soldier's Storyand only relinquished Malcolm X to Spike Lee when he realised he wasn't black enough to tell the tale.
Firstly, this was a symptom of the director's self-intellectualising phase, which may have been an entree to a mid-life crisis — he was 38, and anticipating his first kid with Amy Irving — or simply a reaction to almost a decade of Academy snubs, sidelining him as some kind of Barnum figure.
Having given literature a wide berth in childhood he turned his school copy of The Scarlet Letter into a flick bookhe was now making up for lost time — also acquiring the rights to Empire Of The Sun and Schindler's Ark.
Taking place between and in Georgia, The Color Purple as in, "It pisses God off when you walk by the colour purple in a field and don't notice" is the story of Celie debutante Whoopi Goldberga young black girl forced into a marriage of convenience with a cruel, unfaithful widower, "Mister" Danny Glover.
As if to accelerate the merry-go-round of misery that is her life, Celie is separated from her beloved sister Nettie Akosua Busia and must also endure the knowledge that her two children sired by who else but her own father were sold at birth to a local reverend. Unlike so many other films dealing with blacks in the South, racism is barely touched upon not a burning cross in sight.
Whites are largely absent from the picture — save for the local mayor and his wife, pompous rather than evil. Spielberg simply treats the community as a microcosm for life, even an extended family. So we get good blacks and bad blacks — a refreshing realism supplied by the book — and in that respect The Color Purple isn't about race issues at all.
It is sentimental though, for both a mythic past the painter Andrew Wyeth has a lot to answer for hereand the simplicity of rural life on the porch in a pair of dungarees. How very different from the home life of our own dear Steve.
The "Spielbergisation" of Walker's book can be seen in the toning down of its explicit lesbian tryst between Celie and Mister's mistress Shug Avery the fabulous Margaret Avery.
Alice Walker herself curtailed other more potentially damaging decisions, such as the casting of Diana Ross in the Shug role.
The final cast list must seem like they have stepped straight from the pages of the book. That said, the film ultimately groans under the weight of its desire to do good. Spielberg was I all too conscious of his unsuitability for the job.
He'd tried to turn it down when associate producer Quincy Jones had first approached I him, and later admitted, "I wanted to do this I book because I was scared I couldn't. Not only I did hands-on "Project Consultant" Walker hover over his right shoulder, but Jones also spent a lot of time on set and in the editing room, on the grounds that he needed to be close to the material for which he was composing the score.
An awful, sugary score, by the way — bring back John Williams. Spielberg even enrolled Gordon Parks, director of The Learning Tree and Shaftto guide him during filming, gathering images as a stills photographer, assisting him with the "vibe" and, in effect, playing his uncredited black Jiminy Cricket.
I None of this helped in the end. It's a beautifully shot, overlong piece of afternoon I schmaltz, which, biographer John Baxter notes, was "edited in the glow of new fatherhood. Best Film that year?
Spielberg's dalliance with race is not entirely successful, but it's stilly an emotionally brave film with some fine performances.Parents need to know that The Color Purple is an intense drama adapted from the novel by award-wining author Alice Walker.
It deals with serious themes -- incest, marital abuse, overt racism and sexism -- that are not appropriate for young children. Mar 28, · "The Color Purple" was rightly criticized for Spielberg's postcard landscapes, his broad characterizations and the convolutions of his plot.
But what he made was a movie of great mass appeal with a powerful truth at its center.4/4. The Color Purple Critical Evaluation - Essay The Color Purple Homework Help Questions. What are the major differences between the book and film versions of The Color Purple?
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The Color Purple won the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in Alice Walker’s novel is unique in its preoccupation with spiritual survival and with exploring the.
Literary Analysis: The Color Purple Essay Words 6 Pages There are numerous works of literature that recount a story- a story from which inspiration flourishes, providing a source of liberating motivation to its audience, or a story that simply aspires to touch the hearts and souls of all of those who read it.
Racism and Men's Power Over Women in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" Words | 3 Pages. The novel, The Color Purple by Alice Walker was set in the post “World War I American South and the story takes place in Georgia between s and " (BookRags, ).