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The Color Purple (the 1985 movie)


Based on Alice Walker’s third novel, The Color Purple was directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1985. Essentially about the triumph of good over evil, this film follows the book’s story line fairly closely. This film is about the experiences of young African American women and explores the theme of  ‘double repression’ of black women in American culture – repression by white society in general and then again by black men.



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Herald. Alice Walker's The Color Purple. 2000.
    • Call Number: PS3573.A425 C6325 2000
  • The same river twice : honoring the difficult : a meditation on life, spirit, art, and the making of the film, The color purple, ten years later. 1996. 
    • Call Number: PS3573.A425 Z47 1996
  • Ferrell, William K. Literature and Film as Modern Mythology. 2000.
    • Call Number: PN1995.3 .F47 2000
  •  Taylor, Philip M. Steven Spielberg: The Man, His Movies, and Their Meaning. 1992.
    • Call Number: PN1998.3 .S65 T39 1992
  •   Walker, Alice. Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult: A Meditation on Life,  Spirit, Art, and the Making of the Film, The Color Purple, Ten Years                    Later. 1996.
    • Call Number: PS3573 .A425 Z47 1996
  •   Warner Brothers. The Color Purple. (Videorecording). 1997.
    • Call Number: PN1997 .C64 1997


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


·               Color Purple (Title Keywords)

·               Spielberg, Steven (Subject Keywords)

·               Walker, Alice (Subject Keywords)


Reference Materials


·               Encyclopedia of  Novels into Film – Call Number: REF PN1997.85 .T54 1998

o   Pg. 68-69.

·                Magill’s Cinema AnnualCall Number: REF PN1993.3 .M34 1986

o   1986 Annual, pg. 105-10.

·               Motion Picture Guide – Call Number: REF PN1995 .N346 1986

o   1986 Annual, pg. 36-37.

·               New York Times Film Reviews – Call Number: REF PN1995 .N4

o   1985-86, December 18, 1985, pg. 181-82, and January 5, 1986, pg. 194-95.


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Films on Demand - Database

  • The Color Purple (SEGMENT)
  • The Color Purple (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: The Language of Camera Motion
    • DESCRIPTION: Consider the use of motion in a scene from "The Color Purple"; measure a director by whether he or she can suck you into the same scene more than once. Laforet breaks down camera movement and placement in the scene.
  • The Color Purple (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: Spielberg
    • DESCRIPTION: Spielberg feels this is his first mature film. Oprah Winfrey describes how much bravery it took to tackle the subject matter. Spielberg confesses he was too timid to include Shug's vagina in the film. An HBO Production.

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