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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.
Directed by Zoltán Korda • 1951 • United Kingdom
Starring Canada Lee, Charles Carson, Sidney Poitier
Alan Paton’s classic anti-apartheid novel receives a moving adaptation courtesy of director-producer Zoltán Korda. Shot on location in South Africa, this firsthand look at a bitterly divided coun...
Directed by William A. Wellman • 1956 • United States
Starring Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde
What is that strange animal twelve-year-old Skeeter spied in the Mississippi swamp? It looks like a dog. But it laughs—even cries real tears—instead of barking. Skeeter brings it home, an...
Directed by Stanley Kramer • 1958 • United States
Starring Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel
Sidney Poitier became the first black man to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his star-making turn in this courageous moral drama, a powerful study of simmering racial tensi...