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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a movie starring Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, and Oprah Winfrey. This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has...

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Toni Morrison: as muitas que eu sou
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2 hours
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Russell Banks, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison
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This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

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Toni Morrison is almost at a loss to explain why she continues to use the name Toni. Her "Giant" and "The Bluest Eye" could be mentioned in the same breath as some of her best and her more commercial books ("Kwaidan", "The Hotel New Hampshire", etc.). Her "The Hologram of Emily Rose" was a good book but so uninteresting and routine. This, I guess, is where the fixation comes from. At first, she says she has the right to be called Toni, but she later admits that she has no right to be called Toni. This will be interesting to find out the significance of that title, or rather the fact that she has never been called Toni.

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Thomas Vasquez

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a documentary about the life of Toni Morrison. Morrison was a prolific poet who wrote almost a hundred novels, her work was more surreal than literary, but it is mostly about her. The film is quite interesting because Morrison was so charismatic and so self-absorbed, but she was also a person who was completely surrounded by people and surrounded by ideas and had to deal with death and madness and depression. The documentary is in black and white, so in a way the film can be a real look into the life of Toni Morrison, but the film is also fascinating in terms of Morrison's work. For example, the black and white photography in the film makes it seem as if Morrison is in a dream or in an unbalanced state of mind. It's like when she would be making a poem, she would write in the same monotonous black and white, or when she would read from her novels. It's also interesting to see how much the film focuses on her relationship with her family and friends, but it's also a bit confusing because it's like the film spends a lot of time on her work and her friends and family and not much time on her personal life. It is also a bit confusing because the film spends a lot of time talking about her poems, but the film doesn't talk about her relationship with her family or friends. I did like this film, but it's not that great of a film.

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Anthony B.

Toni Morrison's first book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was a daring and provocative novel. It was also an incredibly powerful and meaningful study of racism, the family, and the future. Toni Morrison made a wonderful, gripping, powerful, and heart-breaking movie adaptation of the book. While it is very much a movie of its time, it is not a movie of its genre. This is not a black or white movie. It is not a film about the KKK or the Ku Klux Klan. The story itself is deeply personal and it is important for viewers to be able to understand that.

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Carol S.

The cover of the DVD box warns you that "This is a film that will have you thinking" but when you watch it, you may not have time to think. I was not disappointed. Toni and Kate (or "O'Hara" as she calls herself) are a surprising pair of people, each with a unique style and some surprising revelations about themselves and their work. This documentary will bring you on an emotional roller coaster and you will find yourself thinking about the film after you leave. The music is excellent and it is all intertwined with the idea of the time and place, but the documentary is as much about the individuals as the subjects themselves. The first hour is very interesting and absorbing, but the second half is as slow and rather boring as you'd expect. But the third hour and more is fantastic. The subjects talk about some of their more famous works and their personal lives, with the intention of making a better world, which is very much apparent in the film. There are a few surprises as well and a couple of very touching scenes. You will find yourself remembering the characters and feeling sorry for them. It is a good thing that Toni Morrison is in this documentary. He is probably one of the most important artists in the 20th century and is now celebrating his 80th birthday. He's just as old as he is talented. This is a very interesting documentary and a very interesting film.

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Stephen T.

I really enjoyed this documentary, but I didn't really see how important the piece was as a whole. The pieces are well designed and had some interesting history behind them, but the movie wasn't really about the individual pieces or what they represented. I think that the film was going to be about their collective strength, but I was somewhat confused as to why the film makers chose to show a portion of the film over a whole. It felt like there were some big gaps, so I think they could have done a better job if they had divided the film into smaller pieces.

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Hannah B.

Toni Morrison's "The Works" (1962) The Doors first came to the public's attention when the group performed a concert with The Rolling Stones in the early '60s. This interview, originally broadcast on CBS in 1966, is a remarkably candid, truthful, and entertaining portrait of the most famous band of the era. Even the more intimate, lengthy, and more formal interviews with members of the band don't seem forced or contrived, nor do they ever feel padded out. Many interviews with the band's members (many of whom have had little to no public involvement with the group since the end of their lives) are interesting, thoughtful, and often revealing. The oral history of the band, however, is the least interesting part of the film. For me, this interview is the most rewarding aspect of the documentary. Morrison's words are as sharp as ever, but they feel a little dry and, frankly, a little corny. The most fascinating aspects of the interview are those that are not explained in any way. These include the band's various personalities, the internal and external pressures that came with the band, and the sense of loss that Morrison felt as the band's legacy (the movie) was coming to an end. Most of the people interviewed were a little too humble or too self-absorbed to be revealing. When Morrison himself is interviewed, he's definitely not the bright, charismatic guy we usually see in the film. There are some interesting anecdotes about the group and a few interesting tidbits about Morrison himself, but I never got the feeling that this was a great interview, or even a great documentary. I'd recommend the film to fans of the band and to anyone who wants to know more about this legend.

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Henry Carter

This is a pretty standard documentary. It has a decent amount of information on the film but not much else. The interviews with the director and the cast of the film are interesting. I would not say this is a must see but it is worth a watch if you want to learn more about the movie. The documentary ends with a bit of a twist. It seems that not all of the people who talked about the film had been interviewed and the Director, Toni Morrison, did not make the connection to the end of the documentary. The director did not mention this or any other connections and ended the documentary on a bit of a down note.

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Jacob W.

It's an interesting documentary about the great American writer Toni Morrison. It's only for those who are interested in the books of Morrison. It's really good that the documentary doesn't take a side. Morrison was a decent writer who suffered from many diseases, and he's not even immortal. However, it's amazing that he wrote so many great books. The book "The Bluest Eye" is the one I like the most, and he wrote about in many other books. However, the book "Poetic Justice" is also good. I'm still not sure whether he is an atheist or not. If you are interested in his work, you should definitely watch this documentary.

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Toni Morrison was a great poet and novelist. In the final years of his life he was plagued by depression. His final poems are simply magnificent. I am in awe of the pain that these poems endure. I believe the best poem is "The Great Gatsby". The second best is "Amsterdam". I would like to point out one of the great things about this documentary. It is not just about Toni Morrison. It is about the arts. It is about the literature and literature in general. It is about the human condition. It is about the real power of the arts. This documentary is a great tribute to the poetry of the great Toni Morrison. He is the greatest writer of the 20th century and his poetry is amazing. If you have not seen this documentary, please do. You will love it.

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Ronald W.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am is a film that traces the life of the great writer of the 1970s and is so brilliant that it is also something that should be watched by everybody, especially for those who have read or are aware of his work. The film is divided into three parts, each representing a chapter in Morrison's life. The first part takes us back to his youth, when he had grown up in the deprived parts of Edinburgh. After a short introduction, the film jumps to his life at Columbia, the first stop of his literary career. In the first part, the director introduces us to the nature of Morrison's first love, Elizabeth Bowen. Morrison is moved by her personal story and is moved by the love she has for her work. The second part is about his romance with Sylvia Plath. The first time we see Morrison, he is making music for the titular song, which the audience is now supposed to be familiar with. The film focuses on the difficulties of such a relationship, which is something that was not easy for Morrison. It also shows the impact the murders of two members of Morrison's family had on his life. The final part is about his transition from independent writer to major literary figure. The film brings out the connection between his life as an independent writer and his life as a major literary figure, as his life is followed by his letters to the newspaper editor. The second part is also a bit of a disappointment as it is not much of a part of the film. It focuses on his first love, Sylvia Plath, and her suicide. There are a few interesting comments from the director about his own depression, the relationship with his wife and his love for Plath. The third part is about his disillusionment with his own work. This part is quite lengthy and could have been cut, as it does not really make much sense to this director. It focuses on his life after the "magic" days of the 60s, where his personal life was far more important than his work. It also makes a comparison between his writing and his art. The only positive comment I could find was the fact that the film is very realistic in how it shows the differences between writers and artists, especially when it comes to the issue of authenticity. Although I found the film to be very boring, it is nevertheless still a great film to watch. It is beautifully shot and the acting is superb.

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Toni Morrison's life and work are topics discussed here. To me, there is no real point to these discussions. They are simply meant to put some of the famous author's life into context. I will admit, I was quite excited when this movie came out, but I found it to be rather boring. To me, it was boring because it was filmed like an oral history. It was a little too long, and it lacked depth in the interviews. It was interesting to see the people who knew Toni Morrison, but I could not get into them because they were not really interesting. I would have liked to see more footage from her Hollywood years, but I guess that is not possible. I think the movie could have been much more interesting had it not been about her Hollywood years. I would recommend watching it, but I would say you should not be paying too much attention to it. It is worth a watch, but it is not a great movie. There are some interesting tidbits and tidbits about Toni Morrison, but that is about it.

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Amy Lane

Toni Morrison (1923-2008) has a very simple and unassuming personality. His works are things like "Song and Dance" and "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" and he didn't really get a lot of attention until his death. His life is really interesting. He was an obscure writer, who wrote poems about his love life and how he could never quite settle on one. At the same time, he was a poet himself and his work was very commercial. The DVD is a short documentary, which includes a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. It's all very interesting. There's a lot of stuff about how his life was different from the people around him and the way he carried himself. I also got to see some of his work. I really liked his poetry, so I recommend it. It's also nice to know a little more about him, including his time as a poet, his relationships, and his relationship with his parents. It's a good documentary.

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Susan C.

It is a good documentary on the music and life of Toni Morrison. The best thing about it is that it was made by the same guy who made the documentary on James Brown. That is a very good thing in my opinion. It is well put together and entertaining, and it contains some good stuff. It is not perfect though. One of the things that I didn't like was that the film makers never mentioned that he was schizophrenic and that he was hospitalized for this when he was in his early 20's. This seemed to be a very important point that had been missed. All the facts were there for anyone to see and it was important to point it out. There were also some things that were left out of the film that I think would have been helpful to see. I would have liked to see him describe some of his symptoms. I also would have liked to see a bit more of his relationship with the women that he had sex with and that he was attracted to. In the end though I liked the film, it was very good. It was an interesting look at a very fascinating person, and I think it is well put together.

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Gary Mills

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2017) is a documentary made by the group "Masters of Cinema" (2010) and directed by Daniel Lloyd. The film starts in the early 1980s, and in it we see how Toni Morrison created a short film about a man who has the same name as Toni Morrison. The man had a hard time in life, and he wanted to express his feelings through a short film about his life. The man wanted to meet Toni Morrison in person, but that never happened. A few years later, he was able to meet her in person, and they started a relationship. When Toni Morrison passed away, the man decided to take on the project of making his short film about Toni Morrison, the film he never got to meet Toni Morrison. I have never seen the short film by Toni Morrison, but the idea of the film is pretty good. The film shows some interesting facts about Toni Morrison's life, and I think that the film is interesting and informative. The short film has a good narrative, and it's almost very well made. It's very interesting to see Toni Morrison's life from the point of view of a woman. The film is worth watching, and it's a good short documentary about Toni Morrison's life. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "Toni Morrison: O poder e inseguir ao Misericordia" ("Toni Morrison: On the Doorstep with the Poor Man")

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William O.

What I mean by this is that this movie was made to explore the ideas of Toni Morrison, the writer and then director of this film, and what the film is like when viewed as a piece of art, or as a documentary. I found the film quite entertaining. I found the bits of trivia that were related to her to be interesting. I found the actors, particularly the director, to be interesting. I also found the acting to be quite good. I didn't find the movie to be historically accurate, as it is based on her book, "Song of Solomon", and the film is not based on the book at all. I found the subject matter of the film interesting, and the film was worth watching.

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I don't know whether this is the best film by Toni Morrison or not, but it is good enough to make me want to watch some more of her work. I don't know if I'd say it's good or bad because I don't know if I would say it's excellent or good. I think this film is good enough, but maybe not as good as some of her other films, but it's good enough.

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I agree with what many have said about this film and I'm sure many of you will agree as well. It was excellent to see something new on screen. It was the best film I've seen in a long time. It gave a lot of information about what it takes to be a poet and what it takes to get published. It also gave some insight into how the works of Cole Porter and others are being used and referenced. What I liked the most was the film's "re-imagining" of Cole Porter. What you see is a reconstruction. It doesn't take place in the past but rather in the present and it is there that the real talent of this genius is shown. This film is fantastic. I've already seen it twice and I plan on seeing it a third time.

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2014) was a very interesting documentary. The most notable aspect of the film was that it was different than most other documentaries. The camera was never out of the room, which allowed for more intimate interviews. The interviews were only occasional, which allowed for more artistic, emotional and emotional scenes. The documentary is a very long, but it is extremely interesting. The first hour of the film focuses on a documentary about Toni Morrison, which was a great documentary. After the first hour, the documentary went back to the interview of Ken Kirzinger (The piece I am), which was also interesting. The second hour of the film was about Toni Morrison's sisters. The only interview I had seen of Toni Morrison was her sister, who she had met before she died, and this was the first time I had heard her speak. This was also interesting because she told a lot about Toni Morrison, and what she felt about her. I was also interested to see how the film was going to end. I was expecting the film to end with a great story, but instead it ended with an ending I didn't like. I also found the film to be very personal and relatable. I would recommend the film to anyone who is interested in Toni Morrison.

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Craig K.

The Doors' Toni Morrison is a great storyteller and this documentary is a great companion piece to his memoir, "Live and Let Die". The film is narrated by the singer/songwriter Dave Van Ronk. He talks about the band, the album, the stage, his experiences with them. It was very interesting to hear him speak about how he was attracted to the Doors because he was a music student at USC and they were an influence on him. I personally think it was a great documentary, but I wouldn't say it's "art" as others have said. The way it was shot and the look of the documentary is wonderful and I think a lot of the public will be drawn to it and I also think it will have a certain effect on the younger generations. The whole thing reminded me of the movie "The Doors", in that they had a lot of music and some amazing photographs in it, but the documentary was very different and at times I found it dull. It wasn't boring though, it was interesting. This film doesn't have a lot of music, but it is very beautiful. I think it is a good addition to Morrison's memoir. If you like the Doors, this is a great documentary to add to your collection.

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Melissa Munoz

As a critic, I always want to watch movies that I can go and comment on. This movie is a must see for those who are into the art of film criticism. For those who are interested in the history of film criticism, I would recommend viewing the documentaries called "The Trouble With Criticism" and "Film Criticism: The Untold Story." It was interesting to watch how people discussed the history of film criticism and how it developed, which was very insightful. The worst criticism of this film was the fact that it made no real attempt to identify the critiques of the critics in the film. The one criticism I did find was that the film failed to focus on the importance of cinema in the history of cinema.

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Well, a summary of Toni Morrison's life would not be complete without mentioning her poetry. Of course the performances were amazing, but what really elevates this film above the average is Toni's voice. I thought this was a very well performed piece of work, and there were some great parts, like the 'glory and thunder' song, which is pretty close to her final song. The performances of other performers were also very good, as well. It was also nice to see the experience of moving to France and seeing her family there. There was also a nice cameo of Thelma Schoonmaker who really loved Toni and wrote many of her poems. This was also really nice to see, since it was one of her last poems. The documentary also discussed the importance of Toni's poetry, and how she thought of it as poetry, and not a form of literature. Overall, this film is a very good documentary of Toni's life, and I think it is definitely worth seeing.