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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

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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.
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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:
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
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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.

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,050, 23 June 2019

Gross USA:

$903,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$903,018
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Perfect Day Films See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Toni Morrison passed away on August 5, 2019, a month and a half after this film was released. See more »

Connections

References Beloved (1998) See more »

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This Train Is Bound For Glory
Performed by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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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!


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