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The Color of Time (2012)

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A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life.
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Credited cast:
James Franco ... C.K. Williams
Mila Kunis ... Catherine
Jessica Chastain ... Mrs. Williams
Zach Braff ... Albert
Henry Hopper ... C.K. Williams
Bruce Campbell ... Goody
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demetrios Anastasiow Demetrios Anastasiow ... Party Stoner
Giavani Cairo ... Dan
Jamie DeKelaita Jamie DeKelaita ... Party Guest at Entrance
Kimberly Harsch ... Woman in window
Jann Hight Jann Hight ... Old Woman #2
Vince Jolivette Vince Jolivette ... Mr. Williams
Gabriel Kahaian Gabriel Kahaian ... Friend
Evan Kole ... Boy Croquet Player
Lauren Kole Lauren Kole ... Girl Croquet Player
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The Color of Time is based on Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams' collection of the same name. The film blends together adaptations of 11 of the poems to create a poetic road trip through CK William's life. The film takes us on a journey through several decades of American life from CK's childhood and adolescence in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s to the early 1980s: CK and his wife Catherine are married with their son Jed. CK prepares for a reading of 'Tar' in New York City, and spends his nights struggling to write new poems, haunted by memories of his past. As CK drives to his reading in New York City, he remembers central moments of his life: we come to experience and understand both his relationship to love and loss, and how he found his calling as a poet through the women in his life. The film takes us back and forth between past and present, punctuated by voice-over from CK Williams' poems, recreating the experience of memory and exploring how the fragments of one's man life ... Written by Anonymous

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A poetic look at author C.K. Williams' life over the course of 40 years.


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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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9 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Detroit, Michigan, USA

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It's the second time James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Mia Serafino play together in a movie. They last worked together in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). See more »

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Art Versus SNORING
27 July 2018 | by justbusinessthebookSee all my reviews

Well, I cannot say that I have read any poems by the poet this supposed biography makes a record of. I did start watching it with my lady fair and, hence, saw great potential for an evening of respite and romance... after all, surely a poetic movie will 'do the trick'? Sigh... after ten minutes, my impatient partner pulled the video out of the machine. Sigh, so ,hence, I cannot write a 'spoiler' since I do not know if this poet nixed himself from boredom in the end... Darn! Now I will have to research Wikipedia to find out the real story of an apparently perverted but boring and snoring life's, if movies are to be believed. If one cannot make it past the first ten minutes, why even a '3' for this thing? Oh, I might have watched it to see how much truth there is to it. But, sadly, never got anywhere near to understanding the reason behind this movie in the first place. Lesson to movie producers out there? If you are making a movie for arts sake then let the populace know that its purpose is not to entertain... this one seemed intended to drag people away from the story of poetry by immersing us in the poems and not the real life story...That movie about Stephen Hawking did not immerse us into Hawking's every living moment and astounding words. By trying to do this with this poet, the movie failed.


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