The Living Room Bijou: Netflix’s “Passing”

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson (Hollywood reporter.com)

Passing, a worthwhile period drama now streaming on Netflix, opens on a tense moment in a Macy’s-like department store in late 1920s Manhattan. Reenie Redfield (Tessa Thompson) first appears in close-up, dressed in period finery, a wide-brim cloche hat perched low, hiding her face as though she were a bandit. Seconds later we realize she’s a light-skinned black woman moving secretly through this elegant white world…