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Green Book

I went to see Green Book last night which is an excellent film. Set against the backdrop of early 1960's America, it tells the true story of the relationship built between a rough and tumble Italian bouncer and driver and a cultured black pianist during a time of civil unrest.

Tony is hired to escort his virtuoso musician through his concert tour of the deep south and things happen which encourage them to bond. They are two men with distinctly different backgrounds and yet they find a way to communicate and eventually become friends.

The Green book refers to the hotel guide for black men which listed where they were welcomed to stay while travelling in the south. During parts of the film I was cringing in my seat from the sheer prejudice and stupidity.

The movie is a must see and deals with the complexity of race relations in the US during that period in its history. It does so with great subtlety while covering the stories of these two men. It is a must see and hopefully also an Oscar contender.
Kudos to Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali for their brilliant performances.
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