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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Patch of Blue (1965)

"A Patch of Blue" (1965) is a drama film written and directed by Guy Green, who based the story from Elizabeth Kata's 1961 novel "Be Ready with Bells and Drums." The film stars Sidney Poitier, Shelly Winters, and Elizabeth Hartman, for which Piotier earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, Hartman won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer (Female), and Winters won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Poitier appeared in 16 movies during the 1960s. He was a dominant figure in cinema during this period, and most of his roles dealt with race relations. "A Patch of Blue" is one of those films that takes a deeper look into race relations from the perspective of a blind white woman and a black man. She doesn't know that he is black, which is the focal message of the film about how society views race.

Director: Guy Green
Writers: Elizabeth Kata, Guy Green

Starring Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, John Qualen

Selina D'Arcey is blind, yet she sees the world anew through the eyes of kindly Gordon Ralfe (Academy Award winner* Sidney Poitier). An awkward Cinderella raised by an intolerant, abusive mother, Selina is white. She does not know that the man helping her learn to dial a pay phone or find the restroom is black.