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The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Sharon Willis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The civil rights struggle was convulsing the nation, its violence broadcast into every living room. Against this fraught background, Sidney Poitier emerged as an image of dignity, discipline, and ... More


The Lure of Retrospectatorship: Hitting the False Notes in Far from Heaven

Sharon Willis

in The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter III explores how Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven offers a critical angle on the feminist retrospection of the 1990s films, refusing their wishful attempt to cure the pathologies of the period ... More


Feminism as Alibi: When White Women Encounter Color

Sharon Willis

in The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter II examines the persistence of the Poitier effect in three “civil rights nostalgia” films of the 1990s, The Long Walk Home, Love Field, and Pleasantville, all of which revisit the period to ... More


Passing Through: The Obsessive Sameness of Sidney Poitier

Sharon Willis

in The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter I tracks the dialogue—both deliberate and inadvertent—that Sidney Poitier’s films maintain with the evolving civil rights movement. Beginning with The Lilies of the Field, the film for which ... More


Conclusion: Chasing Sidney

Sharon Willis

in The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The conclusion explores the persistence of Poitier’s iconic usefulness through his recent reappearances in the twenty-first century as he emerges, for example, in popular discourse around Barak ... More


Introduction: Racial Pedagogy and the Magical Negro

Sharon Willis

in The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book’s overarching analysis explores the obsessive sameness of the characters Poitier plays, the compulsive returns of similar scenarios and conclusions, and the ideological efficacy of the ... More


Black Authenticity and the Ambivalent Icon: Keeping It Real in Talk to Me

Sharon Willis

in The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter IV considers Kasi Lemmons’ 2007 film, Talk to Me. As Poitier anchors the web of popular culture references through which it recollects black cultural history of the late 1960s and 1970s, this ... More


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