“If Beale Street Could Talk”

An­na­purna Pic­tures

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Barry Jenk­ins’ lo­ca­tion scout­ing for his adap­ta­tion of James Bald­win’s novel were also a les­son in geog­ra­phy — a chance, he says, for him to de­note “these un­of­fi­cial lines of de­mar­ca­tion that Mr. Bald­win was so ob­sessed with” and are so essen­tial to un­der­stand­ing the film’s spring­board of an in­no­cent man charged with rape. Jenk­ins also had to find ways to show and not tell. Early in the film, af­ter a bout of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, Regina King’s char­ac­ter kicks the men out of her apart­ment to cre­ate a gen­der di­vide — prob­a­bly her only ac­ces­si­ble course of ac­tion.

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