6.4/10
90
3 user 26 critic

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

Trailer
2:16 | Trailer

Get Showtimes & Tickets

In 1 theater near Ashburn VA US [change]

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Maiden (2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Director: Alex Holmes
Stars: Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, Mikaela Von Koskull
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Director: Andrew Slater
Stars: Lou Adler, Fiona Apple, The Beach Boys
Pavarotti (2019)
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A look at the life and work of opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Spike Lee, Princess Diana, Luciano Pavarotti
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Ron Cornelius
Halston (2019)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot
Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Telling the story of Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jewish catcher during baseball's Golden Age who joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to spy for the U.S. on the Nazis' atomic bomb program.

Director: Aviva Kempner
Stars: Bruce Adams, Elden Auker, Brad Ausmus
Wild Rose (2018)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star.

Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing.

Director: Jake Scott
Stars: Christina Hendricks, Sienna Miller, Aaron Paul
Late Night (2019)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

Director: Nisha Ganatra
Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow
The Souvenir (2019)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Director: Joanna Hogg
Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen
Amazing Grace (2018)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Toni Morrison ... Herself
Hilton Als Hilton Als ... Himself
Oprah Winfrey ... Herself
Russell Banks ... Himself
Angela Davis ... Herself
Robert Gottlieb Robert Gottlieb ... Himself
Walter Mosley ... Himself
Fran Lebowitz ... Herself
Peter Sellars ... Himself
Farah Griffin Farah Griffin ... Herself
Paula Giddings Paula Giddings ... Herself
David Carrasco David Carrasco ... Himself
Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez ... Herself
Richard Danielpour Richard Danielpour ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images/thematic material. | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,050, 23 June 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$412,776, 18 July 2019
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Perfect Day Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Beloved (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
HER BLUEST EYES: SPECIFYING BLACK GREATNESS!
11 July 2019 | by babyjaguarSee all my reviews

This stunning documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" (2019) directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Its two hours full of tribute to Morrison by iconic literary figures from Sonia Sanchez to media celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.

It celebrates greatness as a written language about the human experience, illustrated by a selection of Black creativity from artists such as Kara Walker to Kerry James Marshall. It reminds the viewer of America's ties to human slavery through the backdrop stories (historic references to Black slavery) of what inspired Morrison to write great novels from "Bluest Eyes" to "Beloved".

Greenfield-Sanders explores her hometown of Lorain, Ohio; Morrison's childhood experience of an ethnic diverse perception of America. Not using sensational nor romantic devices, Morrison 's story is told as her literary works, as an everyday experience. It topped with a dash of sobriety leaving the viewer to hear and see more.

This production also give a honest telling of Morrison's personal life towards her professional as well as artistic accomplishments. Full of archival interviews with the author from different decades of her life. It creates a myriad, but almost a kaleidoscope effect in viewing her various stages as a single mother, professional editor, literary agent to a visionary!


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed