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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller's life and career.

Toni Morrison’s artistic, cultural and historical legacies are by now firmly established, but that doesn’t prevent Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am from setting them out in an appreciative, and appropriate, package. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s eloquent biopic is enlivened both by its own storytelling dexterity and by the participation of its Nobel-prize winning subject, who at 87 years old remains as warm, vibrant and insightful as ever.

Poster for the biographical doc Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmWorking as not only a published (and celebrated) writer but also as an editor, a teacher and a mother, Morrison is presented as a paragon of strength and determination; that she was able to produce groundbreaking books such as Song Of Solomon and Beloved under the constraints of her time and her life is remarkable.

What’s most rousing about Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, however, is Morrison herself, whose prolonged interview for this feature underscores the deeply humanistic soul responsible for broadening the literary landscape to include the emotional and psychological perspectives of those previously confined to its sidelines.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am goes deeper than mere celebrity profile, though. By touching upon the various ways in which Morrison’s tomes influenced American literature at large, all while repeatedly leaping backward to detail her own chronology, Greenfield-Sanders captures the spirit of her writing, career and life.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am serves the soul of its subject.

– Nick Schager, Variety

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