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Comments about the soundtrack for Beloved (Rachel Portman)
Beloved Film

Portia West
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Beloved Film   Sunday, October 10, 2004 (10:00 p.m.) 

Beloved was one of the most profound and misunderstood movies of our time. You had whites who did not want to fess up to the actions of their forefathers and they also did not understand the strong spirtual bond between Sethe and Beloved (the spirit). Some people got lost and could not follow the flow of the movie, let alone the book. There were all kinds of mixed feedback on what one thought the movie was trying to convey. However, it was quite clear that the strong love of a once enslaved mother was willing to give up the lives of her children and herself rather than have them raised under the constant fear of beatings, physical/emotional humiliation and death. Sethe and her remaining children escaped being put back into slavery because she was thought to be "crazy". But it was too late for Beloved for her mother took her little life. From the grave Beloved yearned for her mother and her mother still grieved over her death. The bond between death and life was so strong that they connected in a supernatural way that was dark, mysterious, volital and life threathening. By the grace of God, the connection had to be broken. People need to revisit the movie for understanding. I've said all of this because the Sound Track reflected all of what I mentioned in my comments. It was sad, upbeat at times and hopeful. When blacks are sad and downtrottened, we sing joyfully and dance because we have learned to go through hard times with a smile and song.:O

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