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Why I loved the learning Tree
- Shelia Castro
I don't remember the date I actually saw The Learning Tree, but I remember it was in the early seventies, when I was a teenager. Growing up in a small town in Northeast, Texas, I didn't get to see many shows that pertain to Black people or had black people in it, beyond a maid or butler role. So, late one Saturday night, The Learning Tree came on. And I couldn't believe it. Even though the film was set in the 1930's and in Kansas, I could still identify(unfortunately) with both the Black and White Actors and the different situations in the film. I am in my fifties' now, and I wish more young people could see this film. There is a message in this film, some people are good and some or bad regardless of skin color, and that message is as relevant today as it was yesterday.
- kevin sellers
Pretty good coming of age film, interestingly set in Kansas, which has a surprisingly large African American population, especially in the eastern part of the state, that emigrated there in large numbers after the Civil War, because it was less overtly racist than the deep south. And indeed the film does a good job of subtly pointing this out. You notice that the black characters are more outspoken than they would be in a movie set in the Jim Crow south and there is also more black/white interaction on a somewhat more equal footing than in, say, Mississippi or Alabama. The big problem in the film for me was the wooden performance of Kyle Johnson in the lead. Too often he speaks in a monotone when inflection is called for and his range of emotion is quite limited. Either director Gordon Parks should have picked a better actor or he should have done a better job of directing the one he did pick. Also, I got tired of all the folk wisdom from mama and the blind uncle.( Does Hollywood ever have a dumb blind person?) Give it a B minus.
- La Tanga
The first time I watched The Learning Tree I was in high school-1974. My History teacher had us watch this during Black History month. I truly liked this movie; I wish all television stations would show it at least one time. It's a movie everyone should watch at least once in their lives.
An excellent movie
- J. Breed III
My first time seeing this story of Gordon Parks young life. He told it very well. You could feel the pressures on the young teen in many of the scenes. Every youngster should have an opportunity to see this one. It would really help them!
- G. Moore
This is truly a great film. It made a profound impact on me in my youth. I think it should required viewing for youth, it would provide great insightinto life in the not to distant past of America...
The Learning Tree
- Michael K.
This is a great movie. The first time I have ever seen it. I can see why Congress made it a National Treasure!!
I think this movie is one of the great ones. True story about him and Gordon Parks in his young life. This great man had many talents and the public only seen a few from generation to generation.
This is a very good movie about the young years of Gordon Parks. I think it is deserving of DVD release.