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,