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Fri, Jan 7, 2022 7:02 PM

LIVE POLL: They Called Him Mister Poitier! (R.I.P Sidney Poitier)

Sidney Poitier, the actor whom Morgan Freeman referred to as his "own heaven" just passed away... and it's a terrible loss for Cinema.

Now, every movie lover is aware of the symbol that Mr. Poitier incarnated, being the first of many milestones, and his sad passing is an opportunity to salute the record of all African-American, dark-skinned or minority actresses and actors in Hollywood history and cinema in general. They all owe a lot to Mr. Poitier.

Indeed, he was one of the first African-American actors to be given truly substantial leading roles, to win an Oscar for one of them, to play characters who were beyond all the archetypes related to his ethnic background. Still, there was more in Poitier's characters, it wasn't just the experience of a Black man, victim of prejudices, but also a man who carried his heritage with pride but also struggled to show that there's more than a pigmentation to define him.

One can't ignore the legacy of Poitier, one of the last of AFI's Legends, and through this poll, let's celebrate some of his most famous roles. Which one is your personal favorite?

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I will include his other movies as well... if anyone has watched "A Patch of Blue" or "Paris Blues" or his "Mandela" film, It would be very helpful to include a little text about the role... or the film. If not, I can at least watch one of them and have a few words about it... or must the poll be published asap?

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@ElMaruecan82​ 

I might be able to watch "A Patch of Blue" and "Porgy and Bess" this weekend...

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I saw Patch of Blue ages ago, so I can't say much about it.

It would be nice to have the poll ready for Sunday. I guess you could include the films and then update the text later, if you wish.

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I think I will make it a Top 10,  it's a fair assumption that "Porgy and Bess" and "A Patch of Blue" are among his famous achievements.

And maybe I'll leave a tenth option open to any other favorite film.

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I remember watching Lilies of the Field when I was quite young; I still remember those nuns singing, "Amen, Amen!" and the one nun saying, "Shapel!" 🤣

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I have seen three of his most iconic films and weren't so enamored with any of them.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), To Sir, with Love (1967), and In the Heat of the Night (1967).

I'll throw my vote to the musical Porgy and Bess (1959), though I haven't seen this version and I'm spoiled by the Spotify 1958 album version with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

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My vote:

Lilies of the Field (1963)

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As far as I know, A Patch of Blue is the first film where a black actor kissed a white actress on screen. 

PS: I can't say more about the film, I haven't seen it.

Source: https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/1040/a-patch-of-blue#trivia

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@cinephile​ I just watched that one tonight as a homage to Poitier, I was unaware of that bit of trivia.

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I just saw it as well...  I guess interracial relationships were still taboo they couldn't go go on a happy ending but I read that the original novel had a much harsher conclusion with Selina cutting ties with Gordon when she knew he was Black. I'm glad the film averted that and ended on a note that could be regarded as a precursor of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". Funny how things have changed in the span of 2 years.

It's also unfair that Stanley Kramer's film get all the praise for being the first film to depict love between a black man and a white woman... as far as I'm concerned, Poitier's Gordon did have feelings for Selina and the ending is more bittersweet than sad.

It's certainly the first kiss between a black actor and a white woman but I couldn't find that bit of trivia on the film's IMDb page.

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@ElMaruecan82​ Indeed, I had to check twice that this was earlier than Guess Who's Coming to Dinner It certainly deserves more praise for its role as a precursor.

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Thank you.

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Well, the list is ready. :)

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@ElMo,

Thank you for creating this well crafted poll honoring Mr. Poitier.

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Well, he certainly deserved it. 

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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/vQ3L4KN7z0g/

Congratulations ElMo

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With no surprise, 75% of the choices belong to the year 1967, hope this poll will encourage many cinephiles to explore his earlier work :)