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Little White Lies

Issue 78

The freshest and most credible voice in film, LWLies is the world's most stunning film source. Honest, unmerciful, relevant - and always beautiful.

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welcome to little white lies 78 the if beale street could talk issue

“Mr Rivers, please don’t scold her. It’s all my fault, sir. I kept her out. I had to talk to her. I asked her to marry me. That’s what we were doing out so long. We want to get married. That’s why I'm here.You’re her father. You love her. And so I know you know – you have to know – that I love her. I’ve loved her all my life. You know that.And if I didn’t love her, I wouldn’t be standing in this room now – would I? I could have left her on the stoop and run away again. I know you might want to beat me up. But I love her. That’s all I can tell you.”-Fonny ■…

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if beale street could talk

Directed by BARRY JENKINSStarring KIKI LAYNE, STEPHAN JAMES, REGINA KINGReleased 8 FEBRUARY“Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the black neighborhood of some American city, whether in Jackson, Mississippi or in Harlem, New York. Beale Street is our legacy.”- James BaldwinMisty eyed and enveloped in the soulful cover of ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ that plays over the end credits of If Beale Street Could Talk, I was swept up into a vision. I imagined Jimmy in St Paul de Vence at his typewriter, knowing that no amount of distance can quell the calls from home. And so he wrote and wrote, connecting himself to the smells and sounds of the Harlem in which he had come of age. I happened to be miles away from the…

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in my heart

When you’ve been through the mill of Academy Awards press lobbying, a once-open and outspoken artist can become cagey and distant. Journalists suddenly become attack dogs with an ulterior motive, and one tiny slip-up can cause the entire house of cards to tumble. Not so with Barry Jenkins, winner of the 2017 Best Picture Oscar for his ambient Florida-set triptych, Moonlight, which is based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. When it comes to picking apart the finer points of art – his art, and art made by others – he’s ready to dive in deep. We first encountered Jenkins at the 2009 London Film Festival, where his delightful debut feature, Medicine for Melancholy, played, and he was also involved in a panel discussion which explored the question What…

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this is love

James Baldwin’s sharp, rhythmic and tender prose. It seems only right to begin an appreciation of ‘The Devil Finds Work’, Baldwin’s book-length essay about the cinema, with an homage to its opening sentence: “Joan Crawford’s straight, narrow, and lonely back.” Baldwin’s words evoke a memory, of a first conscious encounter, at age seven, with the movie screen. Mine, by contrast, are studied emulation of a writer who I consider among the all-time greats. The flattery is sincere, but let’s get serious.My first encounter with Baldwin was deep into adulthood, though the experience had the force of youthful revelation. It was via the 2010 documentary Public Speaking, about that irascible New York wit Fran Lebowitz. In one scene, director Martin Scorsese incorporates footage of a 1963 chat show Lebowitz saw as…

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on the shoulders of giants

Colman Domingo is an actor, director, writer and artist who delivers an extremely empathetic portrayal of patriarch Joseph Rivers in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. We put to him the simple question: What does James Baldwin mean to you? This was his response.Domingo: James Baldwin is in my DNA. He matches up with all the things that I’m interested in when it comes to literature and storytelling. James Baldwin dissects America. I don’t know if I was able to somehow put it out in the universe that I wanted to be a part of something like this at some point. But I wanted to. My soul wanted to.I played a version of James Baldwin in celebration of his 90th birthday with New York Live Arts, which is the…

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glasgow film festival presents… 1969: end of innocence

Mark 20 February on your calendars and start planning what films you want to catch at the 15th annual Glasgow Film Festival. By the time you read these words, the full line-up will be available to peruse, but we want to flag up an ace looking retrospective that’s running in tandem to a main slate which includes anniversary event screenings of The Matrix and Alien, plus a focus on the cinema of Belgium. ‘1969: End of Innocence’ whisks us back to the dying days of a cinematic decade in which fusty ’50s formula was tossed out and freak flags were finally allowed to fly. “There was a heck of a lot of really interesting stuff going on in 1969,” says festival co-director Allan Hunter, “and it was reflected in the…