Author: Alice Walker

Director: Stephen Spielberg

Co-producer: Quincy Jones

Nominated for 11 Oscars.

The Color Purple is based on Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. It spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, a widower sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover).

The book is presented in the form of letters, which Celie starts writing at the age of 14, to God about her life. She is raped at 14 by her “supposed” father, has 2 babies who mysteriously disappear and then is married to a man who loves someone else.

The book is presented in the form of letters, which Celie starts writing at the age of 14, to God about her life. She is raped at 14 by her “supposed” father, has 2 babies who mysteriously disappear and then is married to a man who loves someone else.

After being disillusioned in marriage, Celie.directs her letters and pours out her innermost thoughts to her sister Nettie (Akonsa Busia) Albert, hides the letters that Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead.

Celie finally manages to find a champion in take-no-nonsense Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Albert’s son from a previous marriage. But she too is “humbled” when beaten into submission by angry whites.

Celie later begins a strong relationship with her husband’s mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). This is when she finds Nettie’s undelivered letters… … Read to find out what happens. Is she angry?

Views On The Film

This is a powerful, poignant, warm film, brilliantly portrayed by Spielberg. There are several touching moments and the entire female ensemble is good, particularly Whoopi Goldberg in the second half .It really doesn’t matter how much the film deviates from the book. Some parts of the film are rapturous and stirring while others border on the improbable. Whatever be the case, Spielberg manages to have momentum and warmth.

Views On The Book

The deals with serious themes-incest, martial abuse, sexism, overt racism-that are not appropriate for young children. Mature teenagers may benefit, as they are made aware of the difficulties women face, especially black women in the early twentieth century.

Many scenes contain glimpses of violence and abuse against women. But from this negative situation, beautiful relationships build up between women-the powers of sisterly bond helps to overcome oppression.

Verbal, physical and emotional violence permeates the novel. Though there are no graphic scenes of sex, it is portrayed as disturbing and non-consensual.

In conclusion, it is a moving novel, centering around Celie’s heartbreaking life and explores the treatment of black people in the South of America.

After reading the book, I felt honored to have experienced this sad, touching story. My personal views—don’t bother with the film, just read the book.

Sunanda

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