When Black History is Directed by a White Man

Movies: ‘Green Book’
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in “Green Book”

“Green Book” is a likable film: two mesmerizing stars, a buddy road trip, a serious look at the Jim Crow, segregated America of the 1960s told with humor mixed with danger and filmed in velvety, sumptuous colors of the period. It’s so likable that you forget it is told from the perspective of white people observing the indignities that the segregated South inflicted on all black people, including travelers from the rest of the country.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.