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A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay By Lorraine Hansberry Robert A. Nemiroff Spike Lee Margaret B. Wilkerson A Raisin in the Sun The Unfilmed Original Screenplay Under the editorship of the late Robert Nemiroff with a provocative and thoughtful introduction by preeminent African American scholar Margaret B Wilkerson and a commentary by Spike Lee this complet

  • Title: A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay
  • Author: Lorraine Hansberry Robert A. Nemiroff Spike Lee Margaret B. Wilkerson
  • ISBN: 9780451183880
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay By Lorraine Hansberry Robert A. Nemiroff Spike Lee Margaret B. Wilkerson Under the editorship of the late Robert Nemiroff, with a provocative and thoughtful introduction by preeminent African American scholar Margaret B Wilkerson and a commentary by Spike Lee, this completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Lorraine Hansberry s script and a testament to her unparalled accomplishment as a black woman artist.TheUnder the editorship of the late Robert Nemiroff, with a provocative and thoughtful introduction by preeminent African American scholar Margaret B Wilkerson and a commentary by Spike Lee, this completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Lorraine Hansberry s script and a testament to her unparalled accomplishment as a black woman artist.The 1961 film version of A Raisin in the Sun, with a screenplay by the author, Lorraine Hansberry, won an award at the Cannes Film Festival even though one third of the actual screenplay Hansberry had written had been cut out The film did essentially bring Hansberry s extraordinary play to the screen, but it failed to fulfill her cinematic vision.Now, with this landmark edition of Lorraine Hansberry s original script for the movie of A Raisin in the Sun that audiences never viewed, readers have at hand an epic, eloquent work capturing not only the life and dreams of a black family, but the Chicago and the society that surround and shape them.Important changes in dialogue and exterior shots, a stunning shift of focus to her male protagonist, and a dramatic rewriting of the final scene show us an artist who understood and used the cinematic medium to transform a stage play into a different art form a profound and powerful film.
    A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay By Lorraine Hansberry Robert A. Nemiroff Spike Lee Margaret B. Wilkerson

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      492 Lorraine Hansberry Robert A. Nemiroff Spike Lee Margaret B. Wilkerson
    A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

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    1. Marcie on said:

      So much depth in this short play It captures family, social, and race dynamics The scramble and fight for the American dream, the feeling of being trapped, and the struggle to define yourself are so powerfully described you feel it in your gut Written over 50 years ago and still resonates I highly recommend.

    2. Barb Peterson on said:

      I listened to book on CD, which actually was the recording of a liver performance I recommend listening to this version versus reading The characters personalities are much apparent this way In part, it s a sad story On the other hand, it offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of what could be some realy life people not just fictional ones It s short I recommend it.

    3. Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard on said:

      I read and performed this play as Mama Lena Younger and won the EMACT Best Actress Award It was the best acting experience I have ever had I cannot say enough about the merits of an excellent playwright Superb writing lends itself beautifully to superb acting.

    4. Christina on said:

      NOTE This review is solely for my benefit, read at your own discretion Question Why is Beneatha so intent on learning about Africa My Answer First, obviously Beneatha is searching for herself, as we all are As all youths are, especially She goes from hobby to hobby, possible career to possible career In this sense, I think that Beneatha is so intent on learning about the African culture because she believes that the she learns about her heritage, it will help her find herself Analysis Mama s d [...]

    5. Stephanie Fujii on said:

      Everything that Salesman wasn t this play was HOLY SMOKES I don t know how I have gone this long without reading this, especially since I have been teaching American Literature for all this time Wow This play is incredibly written The characters and family dynamics are so well developed, and the heartbreak is REAL I stayed up late reading this, had an audible intake of breath at stupid Walter, and teared up at the last moment when the decision is made I was so invested in what they were doing, a [...]

    6. Jen Austin on said:

      Great read on poverty, racism and classism Walter s decision about midway through really emphasized how the poor get poorer I really enjoyed the different viewpoints of the main characters based on the same struggle I will likely read this play too The symbolism of the plant moved me as well.On a side note, this was the first screenplay I ve read I think and I was at first very distracted by all the camera notes in between dialogue However about halfway through, I realized I liked getting a full [...]

    7. Centauri on said:

      I just can t feel any sympathy or empathy for Walter Lee he was so selfish and bitter and unappealing as a character But thwn I think about how depressed he must ve been, how defeated So, in a way, he was a potent character that involved the reader All the characters were real, sometimes too real making it difficult to get distance A good read for sure

    8. Robert J. Roland on said:

      In my oppinoin this book was complete, total garbague I think this was one of the worst books I ever read and I ve read Twighlight Raisin in the Sun was funny and it cussed alot which I liked but the plot was hard to follow, I hated how it was set up as a play It felt like the author was just adding things that made the book less interesting I think this book was even worse than Catcher and Rye I hated this book The main part of the story was the fact that this poor family was waiting on a check [...]

    9. Liz on said:

      Great story I think I like the play version better than the screenplay I ll have to add in a detailed review later I m going to bed.I still really don t have much to say during broad daylight Walter and Mama are very complex and fascinating Although, I don t think Ruth gets enough credit as a character She just seems so classy and abused all at the same time I love teaching this plays are a great way to end the year And nothing beats having some of my most masculine grown men stepping up for M [...]

    10. Annie on said:

      This book was a play about a family under bad conditions The Youngers, an African American family, lived in the south of Chicago In general, the family dealt with financial issues and were in a situation where they thought nothing would be worse Each member of the Young family was placed in a problem where it would effect someone else They were also tricked and their money was taken away Through it all, in the end, the family managed to prevail and had looked forwand to a brighter tomorrow This [...]

    11. Shawna on said:

      This book is about a poor, black family living in Chicago after World War II Lena recieves a check from her husband s insurance after his death This causes big problems within the family Walter Lee sees this check as a big opportunity for a business he wants to start I don t like this book at all It is a play and is placed in the past At many points in the book it tended to be very boring There were a lot of unneccessary details in the book I do not recommend this book to any one It you like pla [...]

    12. Daniella on said:

      The best 4 paperback i ve ever found i had heard a lot about this play movie but had never seen either of the two movies or seen the play now i have to see the movies and i will be writing a lenghty letter to spike lee he wrote a foreword here telling him to direct the original screenplay anyone have his address definately a must read for folk of all colors and creeds the introductions depicting how and why the original version wasnt made are as enlightening as the play.

    13. Diane on said:

      I thought this book would be horrible because most books were at least the ones they made us read in school But once I read it mind you it was the only book I did not sparknote in my 10th grade english class it made think of how the american dream effects people and how lorraine hansberry shaped Bennie to be ahead of her time I thought it was a great play and the portrayal of the play by ABC was okay but it left some things out that were important.

    14. Nancy on said:

      I re read this play recently in this unfilmed original screenplay version because I was teaching it again in one of my classes The introductory materials by Gresham Nemiroff and Wilkerson were interesting, along with an insightful commentary by Spike Lee We also watched the DVD of the 1961 version of the movie with Sidney Poitier, which my students and I think is better cast and produced than the 2008 one with Sean Combs This book is a classic

    15. Kariann Young on said:

      The original script for this movie is a powerful one with an incredible amount of symbolism and thematic devices It tells a powerful story about a family and the desire to make something for ones family as well as trying to reach this dream when it seems that the world is against you I had to read it for a class and regret nothing.

    16. Sophia Skiffington on said:

      This play was pretty good It was constantly interesting but I cannot say that the story line was phenomenal It is an alright story that keeps you interested at most points I wouldn t read it again but it was alright to read once.

    17. Bekah S. on said:

      If I could give it zero stars I would I had to read it for school This book was very boring nothing really happened There was no plot twist or a turn of events throughout the story to make it interesting.

    18. Tina Demas Broccolo on said:

      This story about the Youngers trying to make a better life for themselves is absolutely captivating I know I ve read it before, but it is so heartwarming I had to go back for a second look I would highly recommend it.

    19. Deneé on said:

      Sometimes you just got to know when to give up some things and hold on to what you got Lena

    20. King on said:

      I loved this play It captures the African American struggle to achieve around the civil rights era There were some funny scenes, which kept me into the play Hansberry is a talented playwright.

    21. Peachy Macauley on said:

      It was ok nothing we haven t read about or heard before It is depressing and frustrating but it IS every day life for many.

    22. Karen on said:

      So far, this is o.k I have to read it for work I m teaching summer school, and this book is in the curriculum.

    23. Mary on said:

      everyone loves this one another one that i m glad that i was made to read in high school

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