Magazine article New Internationalist

Green Book

Magazine article New Internationalist

Green Book

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Green Book

directed and co-written by Peter Farrelly 130 minutes

★★★★

The Green Book was a segregation-era guide to the southern US for African Americans. The film is about Don Shirley, a great Jamaican-born pianist and composer, on a 1962 tour of the South with an ItalianAmerican driver, Tony Vallelonga. (It's co-written by his son Nick Vallelonga.) Director Farrelly is known for 'grossout' comedies (There's Something About Mary) but this is in a lower key. Like his comedies, this too is a role-reversal mainstream movie, but with a serious point - African Americans suffered abuse and indignities that people outside the southern states of the US had little idea of.

Tony, or Tony Lip as he's known, knows his way around his Chicago patch; he's good with people, and he can look after himself. …

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