One Show Only: Jan. 19
Remembering Sidney Poitier
Best Picture Oscar-winner (as well as winner of four other Oscars—one questionably to co-lead Rod Steiger rather than Poitier—in the times-they-were-a-changin' year of 1967). IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT has a charged premise that director Norman Jewison and his fabulous cast and crew, including Poitier, in arguably his most memorable role, takes and runs with. "Norman Jewison's mystery, in which a bigoted white Mississippi police chief (Steiger) and a fish-out-of-water black Philadelphia cop (Poitier) find their way toward tentative mutual respect during a murder investigation, first opened in a summer that had been largely defined by explosive race riots in Newark and Detroit. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is a very fine movie, in part because it doesn’t try too hard to be a great one. The groan heard from many critics when Jewison’s movie unexpectedly grabbed the best picture Oscar from the more innovative, popular, and game-changing Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate wasn’t unreasonable. The film's implication that America's racial divide can be healed by two men setting aside their differences to solve a crime does seem a bit pat. But watch the film now and you can't help but wonder whether the movie's detractors were so busy attacking it for being insufficiently down with the revolution that they missed the many smart, specific pleasures that have made this unassuming piece of popular entertainment endure so well”—Mark Harris, Slate.
Wednesday, January 19
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