Saturday, February 20, 2021

A scene in "Marshall": Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston

In Reginald Hudlin's 2017 film "Marshall", Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall in a 1941 rape trial in Connecticut. Boseman's performance showcases his endless expressiveness, but for me, the most memorable moment is a brief and even superfluous scene about Marshall's connections to Black American culture of his time: Marshall and his wife Buster (Keesha Sharp) go to Harlem to hear some jazz at Minton's Playhouse, one of the hotbeds of the development of bebop in the 1940s, where they banter with Langston Hughes (Jussie Smollett) and Zora Neale Hurston (Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas). Although Marshall didn't like poetry, he and Hughes went to Lincoln University together, and both were friends with Hurston. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 20 February 2021)

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Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown in Marshall

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