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Friday Film Club: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier

Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

During the month of February, the Friday Film Club honors Black History Month. With the recent passing of the great Sidney Poitier in January of this year, the club wanted to reflect on his career as one of the most influential Black actors in America. On Friday, February 18, at 4:00 pm, the club will discuss Lilies of the Field (1963, 1 hr 34 min) and The Defiant Ones (1958, 1 hr 36 min), two of Poitier’s most acclaimed films. The films should be viewed prior to the online meeting. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request details for how to stream the films online and to receive the Zoom link to attend the discussion.

Lilies of the Field is a charming and uplifting movie about an African American handyman named Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) who stops by a farm in rural Arizona. He is welcomed by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have emigrated from Germany. Realizing that the farm needs a lot of work, Homer takes on a number of repair projects for the women, who are led by the headstrong Mother Maria (Lilia Skala). Impressed by Homer’s kindness and strong work ethic, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God to help build them a chapel. Poitier won an Oscar for Best Actor for the film, marking the first time an African American actor won and Academy Award in that category.

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/8aL0ml00S9Q

Lilies of the Field can be viewed for FREE:

On AMAZON PRIME (with subscription)
Also available for small fees on platforms like Apple TV and Vudu

The Defiant Ones is set in 1950s America. Members of a chain gang are being transported through the South when their truck crashes. Two of the convicts, John “Joker” Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier), who are chained together, find an opportunity to escape. Jackson is white, Cullen is black and, at first, the men appear to be opposites in every way. But as they flee across the country, the two form a deep bond. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and an Academy Award for Writing (Original Screenplay).

Watch the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051525/?ref_=vp_back

The Defiant Ones can be watched for FREE:

On KANOPY (with your Camden library card, or other participating library card)
On AMAZON PRIME (with subscription)

The Friday Film Club always welcomes new members. Discussions are held on Zoom on third Fridays monthly.

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Camden, ME 04843 United States