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“This Strange Juggler’s Game”: Forclusion in Percival Everett’s I Am Not Sidney Poitier

Sarah Mantilla Griffin

in Perspectives on Percival Everett

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036828
eISBN:
9781617036835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036828.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses Percival Everett’s 1991 treatise “ Signing to the Blind,” in which he recounts his experience with Embassy Pictures as they sought to turn his novel Suder into a motion ... More


Blues (1960–1962)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.14
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1960–1962. These include Poitier's film Paris Blues with Diahann Carroll; his attendance of John F. Kennedy's inauguration; the death of his ... More


Last Hurrahs (1967–1968)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.18
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1967–1968. These include Poitier's role in the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, which also starred Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; his ... More


Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Aram Goudsouzian

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This full biography of actor Sidney Poitier analyzes the life and career of a Hollywood legend, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his 2002 Oscar for lifetime achievement. In such films as Lilies ... More


Patches (1927–1943)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.5
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1927–1943. Sidney was born in Miami, Florida, on 20 February 1927. A premature baby of seven months, he weighed less than three pounds and ... More


STAGES (1945–1949)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.7
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1945–1949. By 1945 Sidney was excruciatingly sensitive about his position in America. Since landing in Miami, he had suffered from deep ... More


Great Migrations (1943–1945)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.6
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1943–1945. Sidney left his family in the Bahamas in 1943 to go live with his oldest brother Cyril, his wife Alberta, and his six children, in ... More


“No One Asks Me What I Want”: Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and the Promise of Integration in Popular Culture

Ruth Feldstein

in How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195314038
eISBN:
9780199344819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314038.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In 1968, several years after passage of civil rights legislation, and as urban unrest, black power activism, and an ethos of “black is beautiful” became more widespread, Hollywood films and ... 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


Threats (1955–1957)

Aram Goudsouzian

in Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828434
eISBN:
9781469603605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian.10
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter details events in Sidney Poitier's life from 1955–1957. These include the success and controversy generated by Poitier's film The Blackboard Jungle, and his roles in the films Goodbye, ... 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


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


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


Crossing the Black Atlantic: Travel and Anti-Apartheid Activism

Nicholas Grant

in Winning Our Freedoms Together: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635286
eISBN:
9781469635293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635286.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores how trans-Atlantic travel provided an important avenue through which black activists related to one another’s struggles. It also demonstrates how the U.S. and South African ... 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


A Closing Door That Wasn’t There Before

John Caps

in Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036736
eISBN:
9780252093845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes four films that made Mancini feel so betrayed that he would wish seriously to have his name removed from being credited at all. These are Blake Edwards' Skin Deep (1989), ... More


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