Barry Jenkins, Director of ‘Moonlight,’ to Adapt James Baldwin Novel Into Film

Happy Birthday, James Baldwin!

Baldwin was a prominent African American author during the 20th century, who wrote stories and essays which highlighted issues with race, sexuality, and class. One of Baldwin’s novels, If Beale Street Could Talk, is now being adapted into a film written and directed by Barry Jenkins.

Jenkins’s last film, Moonlight, won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay during the 2016 Oscars. Jenkins was a director and co-writer for the award-winning film. In honor of Baldwin’s birthday, Jenkins posted a teaser trailer for the movie on his Twitter. Expect this movie to receive heavy Academy attention.


The trailer definitely gives one the feel of a Jenkins film. The trailer features several close-ups of the faces of characters, which may remind viewers of Moonlight’s aesthetic.

Close-ups can help viewers to both empathize with a character’s inner thoughts as well as to consider how outside perceptions play a role in characters’ lives.

Meanwhile, some of the trailer’s audio uses sound bites from Baldwin himself, according to The New York Times:

“When I was growing up, I was trying to make a connection between the life I saw and the life I lived. There are days when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. This is one of them.”

This is a well-crafted trailer which has undoubtably left many people very intrigued by this film. The trailer also introduces some of the cast which includes Stephan James, Regina King, Brian Tyree Henry, Pedro Pascal, Diego Luna, and more.

If Beale Street Could Talk will be available in theaters on November 30, 2018.


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