Pinky

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Released 1949

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Director:
Elia Kazan
Released:
1949
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Pinky is an emotional, provocative racial drama. Directed by the legendary Elia Kazan, whose other films include "A Streetcar Named Desire," this 1949 film was one of the first to frankly address the unique situation of light-skinned people of color within the United States. Patricia "Pinky" Johnson (Jeanne Crain) is of African descent, but her skin is so light that she is able to pass for white. She is seriously dating a white man; when he surprises her with a marriage proposal, she leaves him out of fear that he won't be able to handle the stresses of marrying a black woman. Distressed, Pinky retreats to the town where she grew up and seeks advice from her grandmother (Ethel Waters). Soon, Pinky is employed as a caretaker for a wealthy white widow, Miss Em (Ethel Barrymore). Miss Em eventually dies, and Pinky is shocked to learn that she has inherited the entire estate. She must now endure a lengthy legal battle if she wishes to retain the estate, and must also make difficult decisions about her racial identity.moreless
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    Social Issues, African-American Drama, Classics