long black song

long black song - John Rankin English 334H Dr. Skinner Now...

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John Rankin English 334H Dr. Skinner Now Showing: Trite White Tune Whenever a popular text is adapted into a movie, the first question on the minds of fans is, “will it be as good as the book?” Most of the time what these fans are really asking is, “will the movie remain true to the ideas expressed in the text?” In the case of Richard Wright’s “Long Black Song”, a poignant drama which focuses on both sexual and racial relations becomes a one dimensional movie that casts a shadow of doubt over the struggles of racial tension. The movie adaptation strays from the plot of the text by removing the original ending in which an eruption of violence and racism kills Silas. What could be the reason for such a stunning and moving scene being removed from the film? Was the director trying to draw viewers’ attentions away from the racism motif of the text? Evidence throughout the film suggests that the significance of racial tension was, in fact, reduced in comparison to the text. The film adaptation of Wright’s “Long
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