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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen... Written by
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In a scene set on Fourth Street in Cincinnati, Danny Glover walks by the John Shillito & Co. department store. Founded in 1832, "Shillito's" (pronounced "SHIL-ih-toes"), as it was known by local residents, was the most famous department store in downtown Cincinnati for 150 years. (It was the Cincinnati equivalent of Marshall Field's in Chicago or Nordstrom's in Seattle.) In 1982, the store became "Shillito-Rike's," and in 1986, it was re-named "Lazarus," after its owner, the F.H. Lazarus Co. In 2005, Lazarus was bought out by Macy's. The 1878 Shillito's department store building still stands at Seventh and Race Streets in Cincinnati, but has been converted into condos. See more »
When Paul D first arrives and sits on the porch with Sethe, her braids are in front of her shoulders. In the full shot that comes immediately after Sethe's braids are behind her shoulders. See more »
Where your diamonds?
Diamonds? What would I be doing with diamonds?
On your ears.
Wish I did. Come to think of it, I had some crystal once. Present from the lady I used to work for.
Tell me. Tell me your diamonds.
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Beloved the movie seeks to rival Beloved the novel in telling the African-American story. While it could not attempt to capture all of the richness of Morrison's great novel, it does do what it can in the constraints of a feature movie. The performances are phenomenal, and any Oscar nominations will be well deserved. The Ohio/Kentucky background takes one's breath away and the movie really does grip its viewer during key scenes
However, Morrison's non-linear style did not translate as well on the big screen and the flashbacks are truly confusing at points. Moreover, the movie has about three natural climaxes which heighten the viewer's awareness of the length of the movie.
All told, it is a good movie, but it is not a must-see movie, nor will it have the cultural impact Oprah intended.
(As for no likeable white characters which some posts have charged, first Mr. Baldwin is a likeable white person. Second, in a post-slavery society of Ohio/Kentucky, why do there have to be any good whites in this narrow world? Oh yeah, don't be mad at Oprah for that--Morrison didn't include any in her book either)
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