If Beale Street Could Talk

R, 119 minutes


Directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and based on the novel by James Baldwin, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream. (2018, Barry Jenkins, U.S., English, CC available, 119 min, R, DCP)

“In the movies, love is cheap. It’s everywhere and nowhere, too often reduced to a formula or a reward. BEALE STREET knows better.” — Inkoo Kang, Slate

“You’ve never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins’ use of color.” — Glen Weldon, NPR

“Elegiac and lovingly wrought, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is darkness laced with light, a story that has not stopped being true in the years since it first was told.” — Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is a visual love story that also forces people outside the Black experience to feel – through the ever-looming presence of time in the narrative – just how hard it is to love and live #WhileBlack in America then and now.” — Jonita Davis, Black Girl Nerds

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