The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Color Purple

December’s Volunteer of the Month is the amazing Leonardo Ostergren, whose programming selection is Steven Spielberg’s timeless 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple

Winner of the Director’s Guild Award for Best Director, and nominated for 11 Oscars, The Color Purple marked the towering debut film performance of Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband (Danny Glover). Spanning the years 1909 to 1949, the film follows Celie as she explores her identity, sexuality, and ultimately, her own sense of personal power. A profoundly moving story co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also provides the film’s emotional, iconic score..

A profoundly moving story co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also provides the film’s emotional, iconic score.


“It is a great, warm, hard, unforgiving, triumphant movie, and there is not a scene that does not shine with the love of the people who made it.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Spielberg’s first entry into cultural history is just as shocking as it is a beautiful story about self empowerment.” -Frederico Furzan, Cinelipsis

“Inspiring, sentimental tale of survival.” – Randy White, Common Sense Media

The Color Purple
The Color Purple.