Their Eyes Were Watching God

Synopsis: Sassy Janie Starks looks unlike to get anywhere in pre-Great War Easton, Florida, but lands the best colored catch, lively shopkeeper Joe Starks, who even becomes town mayor. However her refusal to oblige his expectations of decency turn love into bitterness. After his death, she prefers to enjoy 'freedom' again, with cocky outsider 'Tea Cake' as playmate, and not just at chess. They even face the risks of seasonal labor.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Darnell Martin
Production: ABC
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 23 nominations.
113 min

- How you doin', Janie?

- I'm all right,


How Iong you been Iettin' Johnny Taylor

kiss on you? What is wrong with you?

Ain'tnothingwrongwith me, Nanny.

- We was,,,

- I seen what you was doin',

You was just Iettin' that trashy boy, that

breath an' britches, wipe his feet on you,

- He wasn't wipin' his feet on me,

- The woman is the mule of the world,

I didn't mean no harm, Nanny,

You don't even know what harm is, girl,

Yeah, You gonna get married right away,

- To Johnny Taylor?

- No, child,

I'd wanted you to school out,

but that ain't your idea, I see,


Why, I ain't ready to get married,

Oh, So you don't want to marry off decent,

You want to be Iike your momma was,

You want to run wild, break my heart,

Someone good and decent's

been asking after you for a while now,

Brother Logan Killicks,

Logan Killicks?

That's what he been

hangin' around here for?

He Iook Iike

some old skull head in a graveyard,

Brother Killicks got 60 acres,

And he's good and decent,

I don't care what he got,

(Janie) Nanny took the horizon

and pinched it into a little bit of a thing,

(Nanny) Janie?

Janie, what in the world are you doing?

I'm watching God,

Now, y'all want to make sure his dinner's

always hot when he comes home

and the floor's swept clean in the morning,

And... be... bewelcomin'to him.

Here he comes,

Dry your eyes,

How do,

Miss Janie,

(Janie) We got married,

just like Nanny wanted,

It was true, Logan was good and decent,

I was a proper married woman,

But I was still waiting for love to begin,

(Logan) Girl! Come on, now,

Lord, I woke up this morning

I looked around in my room

When I woke up this morning

I looked around in my room

I said, "Hello, blues

"Now, what you doin' in here so soon?"

I knowed it was the blues

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Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an influential author of African-American literature and anthropologist, who portrayed racial struggles in the early 20th century American South, and published research on Haitian voodoo. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, her most popular is the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama, and moved to Eatonville, Florida, with her family in 1894. Eatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in America, would become the setting for many of her stories and is now the site of the Zora! Festival, held each year in Hurston's honor. In her early career, Hurston conducted anthropological and ethnographic research while attending Barnard College. While in New York she became a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Her short satires, drawing from the African-American experience and racial division, were published in anthologies such as The New Negro and Fire!! After moving back to Florida, Hurston published her literary anthropology on African-American folklore in North Florida, Mules and Men (1935) and her first three novels: Jonah's Gourd Vine (1934); Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937); and Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939). Also published during this time was Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica (1938), documenting her research on rituals in Jamaica and Haiti. Hurston's works touched on the African-American experience and her struggles as an African-American woman. Her novels went relatively unrecognized by the literary world for decades, but interest revived after author Alice Walker published "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston" in the March 1975 issue of Ms. Magazine. Hurston's manuscript Every Tongue Got to Confess (2001), a collection of folktales gathered in the 1920s, was published posthumously after being discovered in the Smithsonian archives. Her nonfiction book Barracoon was published posthumously in 2018. more…

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