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133 Ratings

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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Directed by John Korty
United States, 1974
Drama, TV Movie
      English
      English

Synopsis

Beginning during the racial turmoil of 60s Louisiana, 110-year-old ex-slave Jane Pittman grants an interview to a persistent journalist and relates the remarkable story of her life. Orphaned early, she toils on a plantation until a chance meeting with a white Union soldier changes her outlook.

Our take

Forget today’s “original content” for television: this 1974 film, epic in scope and grand in subject, transcends the pejorative label of “TV movie.” (Though it did win 9 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama.) A tremendous performance by Cicely Tyson leads this century-long tale of Black history.

Synopsis

Beginning during the racial turmoil of 60s Louisiana, 110-year-old ex-slave Jane Pittman grants an interview to a persistent journalist and relates the remarkable story of her life. Orphaned early, she toils on a plantation until a chance meeting with a white Union soldier changes her outlook.

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane PittmanDirected byJohn Korty
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Awards & Festivals

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BAFTA Awards
1975 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress
Directors Guild of America
1975 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television

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