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Green Book

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edited January 2019 in International Movies
Golden Globe winner GREEN BOOK opens in the PH Cinemas January 30  February 6


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    Pioneer Films moved the release date. It'll be hitting PH cinemas by Feb. 6. 
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                   In black and white, “The Green Book” clearly made it as one of the front runners for Best Picture at this year’s (2019) Oscar race clutching more nominations in various categories such as Best Actor in a Leading Role (Viggo Mortensen), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), Best Original Screenplay and Best in Film Editing.
                   Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book.  In his powerful foray into dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film, inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and societal constraints of the early 1960s.


                   When Frank Anthony Vallelonga, aka Tony Lip (Mortensen), a New York City bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in The Bronx, is hired to drive and protect Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book — a travel guide to safe lodging, dining and business options for African Americans during the era of segregation and Jim Crow laws — to steer them to places where Shirley will not be refused service, humiliated, or threatened with violence.  
    Set against the backdrop of a country grappling with the valor and volatility of the Civil Rights Movement, two men will be confronted with racism and danger, and be comforted by generosity, kindness and humor.  Together, they will challenge long-held assumptions, push past their seemingly insurmountable differences, and embrace their shared humanity. What begins as two-month journey of necessity will establish a friendship that will endure for the rest of their lives. 


                    Award-winning actor Viggo Mortensen, who plays Tony Vallelonga, says the power of Green Book comes not just from the fact that it’s a true story, but from Farrelly’s strengths as a writer-director, which are grounded in sensitivity and realism.
    “You have to see these characters as real people, in real settings and Pete managed to do that,” Mortensen says.  “The period details, the dramatic aspects of the story are so well handled.  There are funny bits, but it’s not funny in the way his other movies are.  The humor comes more out of situations and the contrasts between the characters.  There’s a lot of attention to detail, an authenticity that helps you to believe.”


    Academy Award®-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who portrays Dr. Don Shirley, says it’s the balance of humor and real drama that makes Green Book powerfully authentic.  “It rings true because it is a mix,” Ali says.  “The way Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie, and Nick Vallelonga sculpted this script, it pulls you to the heights of laughter and plunges you to the depths of struggle and pain.”
    “The Green Book” opens February 6 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.
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    Yes, I live in a castle! Alone. And rich white folks let me play piano for them, because it makes them feel cultured. But when I walk off that stage I go right back to being another ***** to them--because that is their true culture. And I suffer that slight alone, because I’m not accepted by my own people, because I’m not like them either! So if I’m not black enough, and I’m not white enough, and I’m not man enough, what am I?! 

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                    Golden Globe (2019) winner for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), with major nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Viggo Mortensen), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing  in the upcoming 91st Academy Awards,  the buddy road trip movie “Green Book” takes its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual travel guide that was published annually from 1936 to 1966, which listed businesses and other establishments that served Black customers and enabled Black travelers to plan their road trips to help them avoid harassment, arrest, or violence.


                    The Green Book, as it was called, was created and published by an African-American New York City mailman, Victor Hugo Green, and became an indispensable survival tool for African Americans travelling by car.  Originally it covered only the New York area, but it gradually expanded to cover most of North America, the Caribbean and Bermuda.  In the U.S, it became invaluable in the South, where Jim Crow segregation laws varied by county and state, and unofficial rules in “Sundown towns” forbade Black Americans from being out after dark.  After President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation between black and white became illegal, The Green Book was no longer needed, and it slowly faded into history. 


                    It is a movie 50 years in the making, now comes a story about an unlikely friendship which the book was a major part of. Viggo Mortensen takes on the role of Tony Vallelonga and Ali dons the ironed out character of Dr. Shirley.  Based on stories told by Tony to his oldest son Nick, grew up hearing about his father’s journey with Don Shirley.  Tony had grown up in The Bronx and had landed a job at the Copacabana night club, where he worked for 12 years, rubbing elbows with mob honchos and celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin.  Although he stopped going to school after the seventh grade, he was garrulous and charismatic, and earned his nickname for his reputation of being able to persuade anybody of just about anything.


                    “Doc’s not like any of the African-American people that Tony has grown up with in New York City,” Mortensen says.  “He’s never seen a man like this.  At first Tony feels this guy is very prickly, finicky, even snobbish.  Tony may not be as bright as Doc Shirley in some ways, but he has good instincts, street smarts, and he can tell that Doc Shirley seems to think that Tony’s beneath him in a lot of ways.  And while Doc thinks Tony’s useful because he’s a good bodyguard and driver, he also thinks he’s annoying.  You can see both guys’ points of view right from the start of the trip.”


                    “Green Book” opens February 6 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.    

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    Good movie although quite fantastic especially about Kentucky Fried Chicken lol 
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    I believe Green Book will win Oscar Best Picture. 

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