Beloved (1998)

R   |    |  Drama, History, Horror


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Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman

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14 April 1999 | DeeDee-10
Love It or Hate It
After reading Beloved at least 6 or 7 times, needless to say I was thrilled when I learned it was going to be filmed. But after hearing the mixed reviews while it was in the theaters I decided to wait for the video. I wasn't disappointed. How were they going to portray Beloved, I wondered? The same way I wondered how they would portray the young girl in Interview with a Vampire? Difficult to translate to a screen, but in each case the director and actors developed believable characters. Yes, Beloved was bizarre, like someone under the ground too long: her infant wailing, unusual gait, halting speech patterns, rages, etc. Who was she? Do we really know? The ambiguity prevails. When Forester was asked if Adela was really raped in A Passage to India, he replied, "What do *you* think?"

I loved this film, and hung on every word. One complaint: There should have been more of Baby Suggs sermon. It was the moment of strength and power on which the theme of the film rested. The entire cast was brilliant.

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