In the following introduction, recorded in 2020, film scholar Mia Mask explores Sidney Poitier’s significance as both one of the greatest actors of the twentieth century and an agent of social and cultural change.
The following segment is from an interview with actor Sidney Poitier that was included in the American Film Institute’s “100 Years . . . 100 Cheers” television special, about the one hundred most inspiring films of all time, which originally aired on June 14, 2006.
Directed by Ralph Nelson • 1963 • United States
Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann
Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier), an itinerant handyman, is driving through the Arizona desert when he meets five impoverished nuns. Stopping to fix their leaky farmhouse roof, Homer discovers that not on...