A legend that changed Hollywood

Sidney Poitier passed away today at the age of 94. The Bahamian actor was a true revolution in the Hollywood industry, pioneering a series of black actors who ended up becoming acting icons. Without Poitier, the presence and subsequent relevance of names like Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman or Marshala Ali would be much more complicated. His figure, appeared at a difficult time for anyone of color, in all professional and social fields. Today, although there are many aspects to improve, the presence of essential roles and positions in productions is increasingly varied (examples such as the Oscar of Moonlight demonstrated). However, without Poitier nothing would be the same. These are 5 of his best films:

1-‘Fugitives’ (1958)

‘Fugitivos’ (United Artists)

Sidney Poitier’s first Oscar nomination came thanks to this drama about two runaways, one black (Poitier) and one white (Tony Curtis) who are chained. Together they yearn for freedom, but the tensions between them due to the inherent racism of the time They will put them against the ropes.

2-‘The lilies of the valley’ (1963)

Sidney Poitier
‘Lilies of the Valley’ (Rainbow Productions)

The first and only Oscar (in addition to the later honorific of 2002) that Poitier would receive. Lilies of the valley they made history as a production by being the first film in which a black man would win the Oscar for best actor. The plot starts from the eponymous novel by William E. Barret in which Homer Smith She helps several nuns with some botched jobs in her community. Not only will the Mother Superior not pay him, but she will also want him to build a chapel for her totally free.

3-‘In the heat of the night’ (1967)

Sidney Poitier
‘In the heat of the night’ (The Mirisch Corporation)

This southern drama narrates, in the key of a thriller, the investigation of a murder in a small town in Mississippi. Together and against present racism, A black and white police officer must solve the mysterious crime.

4-‘Guess who’s coming tonight’ (1967)

Sidney Poitier
‘Guess Who’s Coming Tonight’ (Columbia Pictures)

Another collaboration with Kramer led him to star in perhaps one of his best-known films. In Guess who’s coming tonight, Poitier is the black boyfriend that a young woman from a wealthy white family brings to her parents’ house. Even if parents do not have conservative ideas, the father is deeply concerned about the problems that the future marriage to Poitier’s character could bring to his daughter.

5-‘Rebellion in the classrooms’ (1967)

‘Rebellion in the Classrooms’ (The Mirisch Corporation)

Mark Thackeray He is a jobless engineer who accepts a teaching position for a group of troubled students. Traditional methods do not work, so you will have to engineer them to earn their trust and lure them to the right path.

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