By now, you’ve heard about and are sad to switch Legendary black actor and director Sidney Sidney Poitier. It’s always heartbreaking for an icon to die, but Poitier has lived a long life of 94 years and in that time has enjoyed an illustrious career filled with classic films and stellar performances.
So as we mourn his death, let’s not forget to celebrate his legacy. And what better way to do it than by looking back at some of his best movies? And what better movie to start than with Poitier Black’s 1974 hit Uptown Saturday Night?
Besides Poitier himself, the movie about the frantic and hilarious quest to find a stolen wallet and more importantly a lost winning lottery ticket also stars Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, etc. and were followed by sequels Let’s do it again and Part of the Action.
Next, let’s go back to 1961 when director Daniel Petrie gave the world a screenplay version of Lorraine Hansberry ONE Raisins in the sun.
Now, when I was in high school, my class was assigned to watch this movie, read the original play, learn the movie and play and answer test questions about the movie and the play. I hate it. But in the end I came to appreciate the story of Walter Lee Younger, his family, and his grand plans for success in an America that didn’t want black people to succeed.
Remember when a white man thought he slapped Sidney in the classic 1967 play? In the heat of the night? yes, we have all seen how it works.
Before movies like Lean on Me, The Story of George McKenna, 187, Coach Carter and Remember the Titans, Poitier is playing a no-nonsense Black educator who inspires and molds undisciplined students in the 1967 film To Him, With Love.
And to bring it all home, let’s take a look at another classic, also released in 1967 (yo, Poitier had a great year in 1967), Stanley Kramer’s Guess who will come to join me, which embraced American racism and interracial love at a time when this nation was still racist as hell and opposed to slavery. (It’s still racist as hell here, but interracial couples are more likely to get through than they are these days.)
Listen, good people, we could go on listing all day great Poitier movies. Are from A patch of blue arrive Satire and bess arrive Paris Blues arrive Buck and the preacher arrive Shoot to kill, there’s just too much in the award-winning acting genius’s work to highlight. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Black male actor who wouldn’t list him as their biggest influence.
Rest well, Sidney Poitier– Your legacy will last forever.
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