BUT IS THE BOOK BETTER?: THE COLOR PURPLE
Presented by The Arts House
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
1985 | 154min |US| Rating: PG
The film opens in 1909 when Celie is a young girl, a victim of incest, pregnant with her father's child. Ugly and unloved, separated from her children and her sister, Celie's only option is marriage to an abusive, philandering husband who treats her little better than a slave. Her life changes forever when her husband brings his mistress, a beautiful blues singer named Shug into the house.
Based on Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name.
For April's But is The Book Better? theme, we pull a Pulitzer Focus. The Pulitzer Prize was established by journalist Joseph Pulitzer who was an indomitable figure in American journalism. The lasting influence of the Prizes on American journalism, literature, music, and drama is to be attributed to his visionary acumen. To celebrate the announcements of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners this April, we focus on film adaptations of some of the more well-known winning novels.