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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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Feminism as Alibi

Feminism as Alibi

When White Women Encounter Color

(p.67) 2 Feminism as Alibi
The Poitier Effect

Sharon Willis

University of Minnesota Press

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 rewrite history in stories of proto-feminist alliances with the movement.

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

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