November 01, 2018

A Washington Post list of movies to see this holiday season lists “Green Book,” a movie about black classical pianist Don Shirley, Catholic University alumnus, and his concert tour in the 1960s in the south.

Green Book

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini.

Two 2017 Oscar nominees — Mortensen for “Captain Fantastic” and Ali, who won for “Moonlight” — team up in this two-hander, which tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between the black classical pianist — and Catholic University graduate — Don Shirley (Ali) and his Italian American chauffeur, Tony Lip (Mortensen). Taking place on Shirley’s concert tour during the racially charged 1960s, the film, which won the People’s Choice Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival, takes its name from a guidebook published to aid African American travelers navigating the Jim Crow South. As racial tensions rise in the Trump era, a period film like this — one that’s about finding common ground — feels, ironically, like a form of escapism. 
(Nov. 16, PG-13)

Read the full list on the Washington Post

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