Pretty ‘Lil Thing #GreenBook #MusicMonday

Yesterday, I watched a terrific movie with an equally terrific soundtrack. Green Book is the sleeper film that debuted at TIFF 2018 and made a splash at the Golden Globes. It hopes to upset some of the bigger films at the Oscars this year.

The film is inspired by the friendship of two men.  Dr. (“Doc”) Don Shirley, (Mahershala Ali) a world-class and classically trained black pianist hires Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) to drive him on an eight-week concert tour.

Before leaving for the segregated Midwest and Deep South, Don’s record company gives Tony a copy of the Green Book, based on The Negro Motorist Green Book. This guidebook helped African-American travellers locate motels, restaurants, gas stations, and other establishments that would serve them.

It was 1962.

The Civil Rights Act was not signed into law until 1964.

Green Book has a wonderful look and feel to it. Though some scenes are heartbreaking because of the flagrant mistreatment of African Americans, there are also many unexpected moments of humanity and humour.

Catch the film if you can, and enjoy this number by blues great, Sonny Boy Williamson.

Happy Family Day to everyone in Canada and have a great week,


21 thoughts on “Pretty ‘Lil Thing #GreenBook #MusicMonday

  1. I haven’t seen this film yet. I will have to watch for it on demand. Have a great week Eden.

  2. It’s released not long ago, so it might take a while to get on demand, but definitely watch for it! Have a good week too Denise, xox

    1. Hi Neil, as the film was inspired by true events as opposed to being a documentary or docu-drama, agree … there’s definitely artistic license (if that’s what you meant by artificial).

  3. Saw the movie in December…so happy I did! Amazing, and sobering story of the state of race in the 60’s. Highly recommended it🙂.

  4. I shall put the Green Book on my list, Eden. I should at the same time recommend a film to you. “Roma” won several awards at the BAFTAs (the British Oscars) last week, including best film and best director. Mexican, beautiful photography in black and white, with ambient sounds for its soundtrack. Astonishingly good. Kicks standard Hollywood into touch.

    1. Thanks for commenting John, miss you. Several friends have also recommended ROMA, and that’s another I want to see. Thanks for reminding me about it!

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