The Learning Tree (1969)
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Critic Reviews for The Learning Tree
The Learning Tree is a sentimental, sometimes awkward, but ultimately moving film about the growing-up of a black teenager in rural Kansas during the 1920s.
The restraint, the composure, the sufficiency of the sentimental gesture constitute a small gift for memory and a real victory in the first stages of this filmmaker's career.
Falls into the path of giving a message more than it does letting things emerge organically.
Forty years ago, pioneer Gordon Parks had to step with extra care filming 'The Learning Tree' lest the door shut behind him.
Audience Reviews for The Learning Tree
A Grand Classic of Black Cinema brilliantly directed by Gordon Parks!!! Being the first feature to be directed by black man for a major film studio,this film shows 1920's Kansas as a brutal,hostile racist place and the experiences four friends encounter during the era of Jim Crow in the Midwest. Brilliant performances throughout from not only debut actor and newcomer Kyle Johnson,but also from Estelle Evans and Dana Elcar.
before gordon parks became a director of note with shaft(1972), he was a renowned photographer. he also took reflections of his childhood in the south and wove them in to this lyrical and poetic film about growing up black during the depression.
the learning tree was somewhat of a racist movie....but not all people was racist in this movie....this movie taught me alot about how some people can be....like judging a book by its cover and not even reading the book.....or simply judging someone because they're different, how they look, their skin color, their culture....not trying to find out or accepting, but quit to judge....there is good in some people no matter the color of their skin...blacks in this movie had somewhat of a good life, but they got looked down on.....the men folks got called "boy" alot....and of course the "N" word...but u know the ignorant ones was the one calling names.....the teacher made the black students feel like they couldn't go to college and make something out of themselves...just because of the color of their skin....said that all they was good for is to be cooks and porters....was a very interesting movie.....
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