This new film is based on Violet“It's not just a new version. For Oprah Winfrey, Halle Bailey, Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks and everyone involved in the film, filming was a healing process.
In the 1985 feature film directed by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey played Seeley's stepdaughter, Sophia (played at the time by Whoopi Goldberg), a young woman who transitions from a rapist father to an equally violent husband and whose fictional life forms the subject. Violet. Today, she is a producer on this new film alongside Steven Spielberg, Chris Sanders, and Quincy Jones VioletIt is a clever combination of the Alice Walker novel and the musical that ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2008, and then in 2015.
“We use the phrase 'closing the loop' a lot of times, and for me, that's exactly what it is. This morning I sent Stephen a photo from last night's premiere and wrote, 'I'm in awe of what God has done.' To remember that moment, in Baltimore. “When I first read the book, that moment when nothing allowed me to think that I could, one day, connect with Steven Spielberg and find myself, 40 years after the film was released,” Oprah Winfrey said on December 7, during Press conference the day after the film's Los Angeles premiere: “I'm so proud of her film on the purple carpet last night…I can't help but admire what God has done.”
Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, producers of The Color Purple, pose for photos on December 6 at the film's world premiere in Los Angeles.
For director Blitz Bazaoli, returning to Alice Walker's novel was essential. “It's the Holy Grail, I'm back to the book I haven't read in a long time. This 14-year-old girl takes us back to this space where she dreams and is able to escape her situation. We who are here, we all come from very humble backgrounds, and we must We also dreamed of finding ourselves here.
Oprah Winfrey added, “I always look for the spiritual side of material things because I believe that we are first and foremost spiritual beings having a human experience.” The spiritual side of the Blitz story is what brought this project to life. Knowing that he was a little boy in Ghana drawing without ever imagining for a moment that it would lead him here is proof that nothing we do is wasted.
Fantasia Barrino reprized the role of Celie she played in the musical for the big screen.
“When Blitz told me he was giving Celie imagination, that's something we don't have on Broadway. Broadway is fast, once the show starts it doesn't stop and there's no time. While we were on set, Blitz gave us time and I got a whole new experience with Celie.”
The actress, like almost all members of the team, had to overcome old traumas, which Violet Help her do this.
Colman Domingo, who plays Cid, Celie's abusive husband, explained, “Filming was never easy. This work touches all of us. We've had to deal with a lot of trauma and we've all put something of ourselves into it. We've all fallen into this darkness.” “
“The dream and the journey are bigger than us. This is what we did in 2023, but who knows what will be done in 2053.”
Violet It hits theaters across the province on December 25.
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