Movie Flashback: Claudine

I’m in the mood for watching movies that premiered back in the day. Now, I’ve never seen Claudine. It stars Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. I don’t remember how I came to be interested in seeing this movie but I found myself watching parts of it on YouTube.

Anyway, Claudine is about a single mother  on government assistance and straddled down with six younguns. That’s about the most I can tell you, other than her getting herself a little boyfriend and the government’s all up inside and sideways in her personal affairs. I have this movie on order from Amazon. You may even be able to find it on NetFlix.

I think one of the reasons I’m drawn to this movie is that, like Claudine, the characters I create in my work also have it kinda rough. That they’re so badly flawed, by their own making or otherwise, makes them that more appealing to write about. Too, I feel a need to acquaint myself with works that will inspire me ’cause I don’t feel it at all these days. More about that later, however. Maybe. Or not, if this passes soon.

You can also watch a clip of Ms. Carroll’s interview regarding the movie.

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18 thoughts on “Movie Flashback: Claudine

    • I suppose one couldn’t. It seems Carroll had to prove she was capable of being an actress who could play such a role. From what I saw, she did a fine job to me. And did well enough to earn an Oscar nomination for the role.

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    • You know, I’d hear of the movie but it was never one I caught interest in until now. My daughter and I will watch it together since she’s my movie buddy. I need to research what other classics I can watch since I’m in that mode.

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  1. I’m in good company, it seems; I still haven’t seen Claudine. I’ll add it to my list. Thanks Totsymae! Diahann Carroll is just such a fine actress, I’m sure she’ll have me empathetic by time it’s all said and done.

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    • I’m pretty thrilled to see it. I got notice that it shipped today, so Little Totsy and I will watch it together. Ms. Carroll did a fine job of playing the role, from what I saw. A very different role and it was good to see the stretch.

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