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RIP, Sidney Poitier.

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He was a great actor. 94 is a good life.  RIP. 

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Mods, can you move this to the artist forum?  

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Oh gosh.

RIP. 

10 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

Time to break out those Quincy Jones albums!

To what is this a reference?

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10 minutes ago, Rabshakeh said:

Oh gosh.

RIP. 

To what is this a reference?

Seriously?

The Lost Man

In the Heat of the Night

They Call Me Mr., Tibbs

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A great one for sure...in every way.

R.I.P., Sidney.

 

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

Seriously?

The Lost Man

In the Heat of the Night

They Call Me Mr., Tibbs

Okay. Understood.

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R.I.P.

He was a pioneer for African-American actors, for sure. This is my favourite:

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5 hours ago, mikeweil said:

R.I.P.

He was a pioneer for African-American actors, for sure. This is my favourite:

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First movie I thought of when I heard of his death.  Just saw it again recently on TCM and it's not bad at all, although it's more a romance than anything else (and you can pretty clearly see the romance between Paul and Joanne), and clunks a bit in spots around the jazz parts of the story despite Louis Armstrong's interesting character and the Ellington soundtrack.  Nice role for the late Diahann Carroll here, and her romance/debate with Poitier around living black in the US and France really seems the best part of the movie today.

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Sidney Poitier gave his all in every film that I saw. A true great…

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RIP, to one of the greatest actors who ever lived. I still cry at the end of, "To Sir With Love" when Lulu sings the title song. He was also great in "A Patch of Blue"...

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17 hours ago, Al in NYC said:

First movie I thought of when I heard of his death.  Just saw it again recently on TCM and it's not bad at all, although it's more a romance than anything else (and you can pretty clearly see the romance between Paul and Joanne), and clunks a bit in spots around the jazz parts of the story despite Louis Armstrong's interesting character and the Ellington soundtrack.  Nice role for the late Diahann Carroll here, and her romance/debate with Poitier around living black in the US and France really seems the best part of the movie today.

Same here about "Paris Blues". As I remember reading in a series of articles of jazz in the movies that ran in the early 60s, "Jazz Hot" severely blasted the movie for the stereotypes it perpetuated, but probably France (and Paris, in particular) was well ahead of what would have been possible and feasible in a movie for a U.S. audience back at that time.
At any rate, in those of his movies that I remember it always seemed to me that Sidney Poitier always tried to push the boundaries as far he could within the constraints that just were there, like it or not.

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1 hour ago, Big Beat Steve said:

..... but probably France (and Paris, in particular) was well ahead of what would have been possible and feasible in a movie for a U.S. audience back at that time.
At any rate, in those of his movies that I remember it always seemed to me that Sidney Poitier always tried to push the boundaries as far he could within the constraints that just were there, like it or not.

I can't see such a film being made in the USA at that time.

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18 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

I can't see such a film being made in the USA at that time.

Well. no, not when you can use Paris as a backdrop for a story that takes place in, uh, Paris.

It was otherwise an American movie all the way, United Artists the studio, Sam Shaw producer, Martin Ritt director.

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On 1/7/2022 at 11:03 AM, Teasing the Korean said:

The Lost Man

In the Heat of the Night

They Call Me Mr., Tibbs

Oh, and The Slender Thread.

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On 1/8/2022 at 7:55 PM, sgcim said:

RIP, to one of the greatest actors who ever lived. I still cry at the end of, "To Sir With Love" when Lulu sings the title song. He was also great in "A Patch of Blue"...

The score of which inspired this very fine album.  One of the very very rare sideman appearances by Sun Ra.

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