The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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The movie that I watched is entitled, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. It actually started out as a novel, written in 1971 by Ernest J. Gaines. It was produced as an award-winning television movie in 1973. The movie was produced by Robert W. Christiansen and Rick Rosenberg. It was directed by John Korty, with screenplay written by Tracy Keenan Wynn. The main actresses/actors are as follows: Cicely Tyson (Miss Jane Pittman), Eric Brown/Arnold Wilkinson (Jimmy), Richard Dysart (Master Bryant), Joel Fluellen (Unc Isom), Will Hare (Elbert Clureau), Katherine Helmond (The lady at the house), Davis Hooks (Colonel Dye), Elinora Johnson (Mary), Warren Kenner (Job), Dudley Knight (Trooper Brown), Derrick Mills (Ned), Michael Murphy (Quentin Lerner), Odetta (Big Laura) and Rod Perry (Joe Pittman).

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman does an excellent job of depicting the struggles of black slaves who lived in the South. It covers Miss Pittman’s many experiences, from the Civil War to the inception of the Civil Rights Movement. All of her experiences come from the memories of a 110 year old Pittman. Miss Pittman’s story originates with her being a child slave in Louisiana. Her character portrays the many obstacle and hard times that she faced during her childhood as well as those that she would later face head on during the Civil Rights era.

Although the movie’s plot seemed very real it wasn’t. This movie is based on a fictional110 year old former slave.

The theme of the movie deals with the rules that were maintained in the south during slavery. These rules were those that had been passed down through many generations of white slave owners. These were rules that ensured that blacks were treated much differently than whites…much worse, in most cases. I think the filmmakers were attempting to get people to see as well as understand some of the many injustices that slavery presented. After the...
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