Jeff York

An Interview With James Laxton, the Cinematographer of “If Beale Street Could Talk”

An Interview With James Laxton, the Cinematographer of “If Beale Street Could Talk”

A host of difficulties befall a young black couple in love in the new movie adaptation of James Baldwin’s famous novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) must wrestle with an unexpected pregnancy, as well as family disapproval, housing discrimination, and even false imprisonment for a crime he did […]

 Jeff York

“If Beale Street Could Talk” Speaks of the Black Experience in Poetry and Pain

“If Beale Street Could Talk” Speaks of the Black Experience in Poetry and Pain

One of the first rules of screenwriting is, “Show, don’t tell.” However, when you’re adapting author James Baldwin’s marvelous novel If Beale Street Could Talk for the screen, an exception has to be made. Baldwin’s writing is so sublime that to ignore his way with words would rob the story of too much of what […]