‘One Night in Miami’ | Anatomy of a Scene


Hello, my name is Regina King. And I’m the director of One Night in Miami. So this is in the movie we just saw our quartet Malcolm, Jim, Sam, and Cassius come down from the roof for a breather. It really is the beginning of the debate we are going to see between Malcolm and Sam. “” You know what’s going on around us, it should make everyone angry. You know, you bourgeois negro, you are too happy with your scraps to really understand what this is about. “Malcolm is really in this room and feels urgently that we as a people don’t have time to joke around or take life easy. And he has a feeling that Sam didn’t use his voice the way it should be. They all have strong voices. But Sam has the greatest reach. “And therefore, Brother Sam, this movement that we are in is called a struggle. Because we fight for our lives. “” My goal at that moment was to determine how we can debate passionately and disagree. But while we can get heads like this, it still comes from a place of love. This film is not told from a person’s perspective. It’s the fly from the perspective of the wall. And while Malcolm throws kicks, Sam throws kicks. And we as viewers just jump from different perspectives as each of them makes a really valid point. And this is the setup for all of these points. “” Wow, Sam, your music is a deep brother. ” “Hey man, I love her songs.” “You have a lot of conversations that just remind Leslie that Sam and Malcolm have a lot of respect for Malcolm while they are having this debate. And to hear those words from Malcolm, that kind of mirror, maybe some thoughts he had himself are a minor blow. And what you play in the quiet moments when you are not speaking is just as important as when you are actually in dialogue. “