A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

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Robert Nemiroff
Plume Book, 1992 - Drama - 206 pages
17 Reviews
The 1961 film version of A Raisin in the Sun, with a screenplay by the author, won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, even though one-third of the actual screenplay had been cut out. This completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Hansberry's script, and a testiment to her accomplishment as a black woman artist.

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Review: A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

User Review  - Sophia Skiffington - Goodreads

This play was pretty good. It was constantly interesting but I cannot say that the story line was phenomenal. It is an alright story that keeps you interested at most points. I wouldn't read it again but it was alright to read once. Read full review

Review: A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

User Review  - Peachy Macauley - Goodreads

It was ok; nothing we haven't read about or heard before. It is depressing and frustrating but it IS every day life for many. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
ix
Introduction
xxix
Thoughts on the Screenplay
xlv
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago. After attending the University of Wisconsin for two years and then studying painting in Chicago and Mexico, Hansberry moved to New York in 1950. There she held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to establish her writing career. Hansberry wrote her first play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. The first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class black family in Chicago. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and in 1961, the film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, a drama set in Greenwich Village, had a short run on Broadway in 1964. Hansberry's promising career was tragically cut short by her premature death on January 12, 1965. She was 34 years old. The plays To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Les Blancs were adapted from Hansberry's early writings by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Both plays were produced off-Broadway, in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

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