Compare And Contrast A Raisin In The Sun And 1961 Movie

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A Raisin in the Sun Play vs 1961 film Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun opened in a New York theater March 11, 1951. This play, although based on Hansberry’s own life and personal experiences was also inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “Harlem”. Hansberry used this play to tell the story of a 1950’s African American family trying to better themselves. She also used this play to shine a light on the issue of racism that were prominent during this time frame. This highly successful play “ran for 530 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for best play”, and has had several adaptations made in its honor(Aurora). Despite the fact that these adaptations were made to equal the original play there are many differences between them and their predecessor. One such adaptation is the 1961 film of the same name that was directed by Daniel Petrie. This film was not only Petrie’s second film, it was also “his most well-known and critically acclaimed”(DGA). Unlike the later adaptations starring Danny Glover and Sean Combs, the original stage performers, which included Sidney Poitier, and Ruby Dee all reprised their roles. This version is also impact because it was one of the rare films of the time that featured an almost entire African American cast and while this version was chosen because it is one of the foundations that others are built, it is the closest adaptation of the original play given a few creative licenses. When the play is compared to the film

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