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The Color Purple
September 16 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Diversity Film Series
Cohen and Wolf P.C. Movie Series
PRESENTED IN COOPERATION WITH ACT of CT
Sponsored by Anita and Nick Donofrio, Ann and Steve Carlson, Allison and Jon Stockel, Julie and David Peck, People’s Bank, Ridgefield Prevention Council and the Town of Ridgefield
Q&A HOSTED BY CHERYL WASHINGTON
The People’s United Bank bonus content for The Color Purple will consist of an interview with actress LaChanze led by entertainment reporter Cheryl Washington and can be seen after the screening in the theater or online after the screening date on our Youtube page. LaChanze is best known for her roles on Broadway as Celie in The Color Purple (2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Ti Moune in Once on This Island.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don’t-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover’s son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is “humbled” when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert’s mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband’s belongings and finds Nettie’s letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score
Tickets are FREE, but must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at 203.438.5795