DECRYPTION – The dazzling first series on Amazon Prime Video from the filmmaker, Oscar winner for Moonlight, tells with incredible poetry and devastating staging the flight of a cotton picker. The director opens up to Figaro.
“I always wanted to use my voice to tell the story of my ancestors and to highlight this period that our country too often obscures”, says Barry Jenkins. As the whole world watches this near-unknown, in 2017, receiving the Oscar for Best Picture for Moonlight, portrait of a teenager in the red light districts of Miami, in the face of La La Land (then announced the winner by mistake), the African-American filmmaker is already maturing the adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad, Pulitzer winner. Four years and a movie later (the romantic If Beale Street could speak ), Barry Jenkins delivers to Amazon Prime Video subscribers the extraordinary fruits of his labor: ten episodes in which his humanist lyricism lays bare the brutality of slavery.
Each shot is a masterpiece of delicate harmony, even when the worst is unfolding. It feels like paintings by Winslow Homer. The Underground Railroad is yet as radical as it is and bloody
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