In Barry Jenkinsâ€™s 2018 film adaptation of James Baldwinâ€™s 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk, â€œthe first words we see are by Baldwin, as are the first words we hear. Tish (KiKi Layne, making a stunning feature debut) utters a sentence you can find on page four of the book: â€˜I hope that nobody has ever had to look at anybody they love through glass.â€™ The beloved person under glass is Fonny (Stephan James), her boyfriend and the father of her unborn childâ€ (Henderson). In early 1970s Harlem, Tish Rivers vividly recalls the passion, respect, and trust that connects her and her Alonzo â€œFonnyâ€ Hunt. The couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. How do the attitudes of Fonny, Tish, and her family toward what seems to be insurmountable obstacles reflect the problems facing African-Americans in the era in which Beale Street is set? Have circumstances in the United States changed enough to warrant a different perspective in current times?
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