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The Poitier EffectRacial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation$
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Sharon Willis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692842

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.001.0001

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Passing Through

Passing Through

The Obsessive Sameness of Sidney Poitier

(p.21) 1 Passing Through
The Poitier Effect

Sharon Willis

University of Minnesota Press

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 he won his Best Actor Academy Award, this chapter studies the curious effects of repetition that shape his later films.

Keywords:   Civil rights movement, Race relations, Popular Cinema, Television, Melodrama, Feminism, Sidney Poitier, Collective Memory

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