The Color Purple: Alice Walker on Her Classic Novel, Speilberg's Film, and the Broadway Adaptation



it's 1982 and America is recovering from a recession however in Alice Walker's head its 1909 and her ancestors are fighting to recover their dignity from centuries of slavery poverty and abuse a lot of the things in the color purple' happened to people in my family long before I was born my grandmother was murdered by a man who wanted to be her lover it really influenced my imagination because I really missed her I missed not having this elder and this grandmother it's not autobiographical in the sense that I knew hardly anybody I listened to people tell stories about the family part of the creation of the color purple is just out of a longing to be more intimate with my ancestors at a time when I didn't exist in a series of letters to God Alice has created an inspiring story of an unforgettable woman who through love finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her own voice in the world dear God I'm 14 years old I've always been a good girl maybe you can give me a son let me know what's happening to me the color purple is soon published and over five million copies sold and to her surprise Alice's work is honored with the pulitzer prize the first african-american woman ever to receive this prestigious award well at the time that I wrote the color purple which you'll see over 20 years ago I was deeply in love with one of the cutest men on the planet and we were just deliciously happy and so I felt that the the work that I was doing in the novel was somehow carrying this charge of love and passion and that it was rooted in something and I always thought of it just as a gift it's 1985 and Alice has moved on the last thing she expects is to get a call from award-winning director Steven Spielberg he also has a vision to bring the color purple to the big screen in my audition for Alice Walker I didn't just meet her I knew I was going to audition I knew that she had the power to say for whatever reason I don't think he's right to to turn my Pulitzer prize-winning story into a motion picture and I went to meet her to sell myself I hadn't done that in a decade and and I was enthusiastic about it too because at that point I really wanted to tell that story soon his cast of relative unknowns are thrust into the limelight and his film honored that year with 11 Oscar nominations becomes an instant success with audiences the color purple' legacy lives on

28 thoughts on “The Color Purple: Alice Walker on Her Classic Novel, Speilberg's Film, and the Broadway Adaptation

  1. I grew up with this movie, I never knew this movie had a slippery slope lesbian gay scenes in it. Until now, I woke up from it. Some elements and parts are good. But some are demonic.

  2. I understand missing grandparent. They died young. They lived in west Africa and it's been my dream to go there and learn about how they lived in my original homeland.

  3. This is revisionist history, as Quincy Jones produced the film and courted Steven Spielberg who was hesitant to even do it.

  4. Very painful movie to watch..and Whoopie's performance was amazing!!!

  5. If you put this snippets of this documentary into an essay , will it class as context?

  6. The only dumb jew here is you. Fuck off and go and find something productive to do.

  7. Brava to Alicia Keys, the hugely popular, 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, for standing up for truth and cultural freedom in refusing to join the insidious campaign to delegitimize Israel.
    Keys is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on July 4. In booking the venue, she drew the attention of a leading figure in a movement that holds the Jewish state guilty of victimizing the Palestinians in the way the white apartheid regime of South Africa oppressed blacks.
    Alice Walker hates

  8. She truly is at that… This is one movie I loved from the 1st time I saw it to the umpteenth time I saw it & it never gets old. IMHO, I can't imagine this movie failing b/c it had an amazing cast of characters who worked in sync & w/absolute professionalism to bring the story to life. Definitely a GEM that will withstand the test of time whether it was 10yrs ago or 100yrs into the future – every part is exemplary.

  9. Your ignorance is showing again! I grew up w/a terrific young man who happened to be black. He adored his mother, as did I. He NEVER RESENTED HER! HE NEVER JOINED A FREAKIN' GANG EITHER B/C A RIVAL GANG WOULDN'T NEEDED KILL HIM B/C SHE WOULD'VE DONE IT 1ST! She raised him better! FYI: It takes a STRONGER WOMAN TO ABORT A CHILD SHE CAN'T FINANCIALLY SUPPORT & AN IDIOT TO HAVE A CHILD THAT WILL STARVE, GET HOOKED ON DRUGS, PIMPED OUT & BEATEN BY A SHITTY MAN W/NO RESPECT FOR HIMSELF OR OTHERS!

  10. My great-grandfathered shared stories on the Great Depression + the unfairness regarding voting rights all b/c he was full Cherokee & took an Arapaho bride. Black Americans could vote legally LONG B4 my ancestors could & my great-grandfather lived well into his late 90s so I knew him very well along w/stories of our ancestors passed thru generations; throwing pottery incl'g digging/mixing/firing in brick kiln & pit fire. I've had pieces shown in galleries b/c I still throw as taught in NAI way.

  11. College graduate my ASS! If you were a college graduate, you wouldn't constantly be asking others to give you answers b/c you don't know them! And yes, I do know what it was like back then. I grew up w/a great-grandfather & other elders in my family who knew a helluva lot more than u do & they only had a couple grades of education b/c they had to work the fields, keep the house, tend the animals & I'm from a Native American Indian family. My great-grandfather was in his late 90s when he died!

  12. If you would actually attend college, take a few sociology, US history that includes the history of women then you would know the answer to these questions. All you are doing is making the case that you haven't been to college & you have no education to speak of, including grade school b/c these are things taught in high school history classes in addition to college tho' college goes more into depth on the subject.

  13. YOU ARE SO FULL OF SHIT! Women ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE FAMILY! Over centuries, women have kept homes, worked outside of home or sold goods from home, raised & taught children – even boys, & CONTRARY TO YOUR BELIEF, A WOMAN IS JUST AS CAPABLE OF DOING HOME REPAIRS & CAR REPAIRS AS ANY MAN! I've put in locks, repaired plumbing, changed out electric outlets, repaired appliances, & even worked on steel girders w/nothing but a safety belt, steel-toed boots, & hard hat 30-50+ stories up w/3other jobs!

  14. WHAT CENTURY ARE YOU LIVING IN? I'm not a racist person but I want to know why BLACK MEN – OVER WHITE, GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE, YELLOW, & PURPLE MEN SHOULD OWN A BUSINESS EVEN MORE THAN OTHERS? My DH owned his business for more than 20yrs; HWR, HE HAD THE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE TO DO SO! I RUN MY OWN BUSINESS FOR YRS & WORKED FOR HIM AT SAME TIME & OWN A BUSINESS NOW THO' I HAVE EDUCATION W/EXPERIENCE TO DO SO!

  15. AND YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TELL OR FORCE ANY WOMAN TO DO ANYTHING WITH "HER" BODY THAT SHE DOES OR DOES NOT WANT TO DO! IF A WOMAN WANTS TO ABORT A PREGNANCY, SHE HAS THAT RIGHT! Think of what OCTOMOM WOULD SAVE THIS COUNTRY IF SHE HAD ABORTED B4 HAVING 14 KIDS FOR THE TAXPAYERS TO SUPPORT COMPLETELY!

  16. I consider it a compliment to be compared or singled out to be in the same category with Margaret Sanger! If you were a REAL NURSE – WHICH YOU OBVIOUSLY ARE NOT – you would know that Margaret Sanger WAS A NURSE WHO KNEW HOW TO PREVENT PREGNANCY WHEN CATHOLIC FAMILIES WERE STARVING & BABIES WERE DYING B/C MALE DOCTORS REFUSED TO TELL THEM ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL METHODS! MARGARET SANGER SAVED LIVES AT THE EXPENSE OF HER JOB, HER FAMILY, & HER FREEDOM! NOW TAKE YOUR LYING ASS TO COLLEGE & LEARN!

  17. you are no better than margaret sanger. I guess if black slaves would of just not had kids until they gained freedom there would have been no more slaves. darn those slaves from wanting to have kids. its not the system fault their kids were born into slavery. it there fault for wanting to do what normal people do have kids. i guess people who are poor should never have kids. most poor are working poor. education is not important if uneducated immigrant can get a job b4 a more educated american.

  18. actually being a black man with a criminal record will hinder you on many occasion from getting a job, and if you get one, you will not be able to make ends meet. it easy to tell a man to keep it in his pants. its also easy to lock an unemployed man up for not paying child support which is what america is doing.

  19. how are women the backbone of the country? what are men. How are women suffering more than men? Im not understanding this.

  20. I'm black american. I dont think it matters though. what she is talking is bad for any women.

  21. i work in physical activity. i was infantry in army. i've worked in medical which is mostly female and those nurses are the hardest working women i have ever seen. whether u have an education or not u should exepect to work hard. im working on my master degree, i still work hard, i may not get my hands dirty but i work hard. a woman's body is a woman's body but it you are talking about things like abortion then no person has a right to kill another human being ever.

  22. a women can rape and do rape man. u think men are not force to have sex with women. if a man calls the police, the police are likely to lock him up. education will not solve the unemployed rate. uneducated hispanics who cant speak english have higher employment rate then more educated blacks. black men in general need to be more into owning their own bussiness.

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