Green Book. 2018. USA. Directed by Peter Farrelly. 130 min.
“In 1962, a celebrated New York musician must hire an assistant to drive him on a concert tour through the Southern states because he is unable to travel safely on his own. Mahershala Ali plays the inimitable Don Shirley. Born into a Jamaican immigrant family, Shirley absorbed a wealth of musical influences to create his own genre, blending jazz, spirituals, and European classical music. He carries himself like a prince, garbed in sharp suits or West African robes, speaking perfect, literary English. He's not built for the brutal bigotry of his time, so he hires Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), his exact opposite. An Italian-American raised in the streets and bars of New York, Tony uses his loud mouth to get his way. If that doesn't work, he uses his fists. As this mismatched pair sets out on their journey, the Negro Motorist Green Book guides them to safe hotels and restaurants in the segregated South, but they'll need more than a book to understand each other.” (Toronto International Film Festival program notes). Courtesy of Universal Pictures