by Barbara Quart

Reconsidering “Ms. Daisy”

“Driving Miss Daisy!’ a skillfully made and beautifully performed movie, is essentially a feel-good film about our most searing problem: race relations. Who wouldn’t wish that current tensions between Jews and Blacks (confrontations around Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Ed Koch and many others) could be resolved as sweetly as those between Hoke, an utterly forebearing and courtly Black man played by Morgan Freeman, and Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy), a difficult, tight-fisted old Jewish lady with progressive civil-rights sympathies?

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