FACETS announces the screening of the series “A Tribute to Sidney Poitier” | Chicago Reel


FACETS’ The 2022 cinema specials continue with a series paying tribute to the career of the legendary entertainer Sidney Poitier.

Celebrate the icon’s life with four films that helped define his status as Hollywood’s first black man, programmed by VENEERS director of film programming, Charles Colman. Mr. Poitier’s legacy as one of the screen’s iconic figures of the civil rights era extended through years of Hollywood filmmaking and into work as an activist, diplomat and humanitarian. His on-screen presence as a proud black man struggling with societal prejudice and racism allowed him to become the first black star in Hollywood to be able to have a film produced bearing his name.

From March 6 to 27, 2022 on Sundays at 1 p.m., A Tribute to Sidney Poitier: Four Films Celebrating His On-Screen Legacy characteristics No Exit (3/6 at 1 p.m.), A raisin in the sun (13/03 at 1 p.m.), Paris Blues (20/03 at 1 p.m.) and In the heat of the Night (27/03 at 1 p.m.). Tickets are $12/person per session and $9 for VENEERS Members with proof of active membership.

Director of the FACETS film program, Charles Colman said: “The life and career of Sidney Poitier, who died on January 6, 2022, reflected profound changes in our society, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. As racial attitudes changed and laws about segregation were questioned, Sidney Poitier was the interpreter to whom a cautious film industry turned for stories of progress by portraying protagonists confronting complex issues, such as race relations and socio-economic deprivation, with a rare combination of vulnerability, anger, and self-respect. A Tribute to Sidney Poitier celebrates that legacy with four films that helped solidify Mr. Poitier as Hollywood’s first authentic black man.

Description of the series:

From March 6 to 27, VENEERS presents a retrospective of four Sidney Poitier films highlighting his extraordinary career and accomplishments. As an actor, director, activist and humanitarian, Mr. Poitier was a trailblazer on many fronts, and in 1963 he was the first black man in Hollywood to win an Oscar for field lily. He became an iconic movie star during the civil rights era, an unstable time when there were few opportunities for black actors or directors in Hollywood and was the first black actor to be able to have a film produced under his name. own name.
See full series description on webpage here.

Series schedule: Sunday, March 6, 2022, 1:00 p.m.: No Way Out Nominated for the Oscar® for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay at the 1950 Academy Awards, this intense drama about racial hatred is quiet.

When a white patient at a hospital dies under the care of a black intern (Sidney Poitier), the victim’s racist brother (Richard Widmark) seeks to destroy the doctor’s career. Although the hospital’s idealistic chief resident (Stephen McNally) tries to diffuse the growing tension, the victim’s ex-wife (Linda Darnell) appears to be following the revenge seeker, until she surrenders. Realize she’s on the wrong side.

No Exit will be presented with an introduction to the Poitier Tribute series and followed by a conversation moderated by series programmer Charles Coleman.
Joseph Mankiewicz | United States | 1950 | 106 minutes

Sunday March 13, 2022, 1:00 p.m.: A raisin in the sun Nominated for Best Actor in a Play at the 1960 Tony Awards, Sidney Poitier was to reunite with many actors from the original production for Daniel Petrie’s big-screen adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s film. A raisin in the sun the next year. Hansberry herself took on writing duties on the film which follows the African-American Younger family and their efforts to improve themselves in terms of social status, financial stability, and employment opportunities. The Younger family, frustrated living in their overcrowded Chicago apartment, sees the arrival of a $10,000 insurance check as the answer to their prayers.

Matriarch Lena Younger (Claudia McNeil) quickly puts down a down payment on a house in an all-white suburban neighborhood. But the family is divided when Lena entrusts the balance of the money to her mercurial son Walter Lee (Poitier), against the wishes of his daughter (Diana Sands) and stepdaughter (Ruby Dee).
Daniel Petrie | United States | 1961 | 128 minutes

Sunday March 20, 2022, 1 p.m.: Paris Blues Based on Harold Flender’s 1957 novel of the same name, Paris Blues (1961) was filmed in the French capital and focused on the lives of two expatriate jazz musicians: saxophonist Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier) and trombonist Ram Bowen (Paul Newman), living in self-imposed exile. The musician’s respective romances with two vacationing tourists, Connie (Diahann Carroll) and Lillian (Joanne Woodward), the film’s intense storyline highlights the differences regarding racial integration in the United States and France at that time.

In the years following World War II, a number of African-American jazz musicians made France their home, the work opportunities and appreciation that French audiences showed for their art, finding there not only a place to compose and perform music, but a refuge from personal, social and economic problems. Paris Blues serves as a snapshot of this particular period when Paris served as a haven for these artists of color (such as James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Dexter Gordon, Bud Powell) and would become an important site for African American jazz musicians throughout the 1920s and beyond. decades. Martin Ritter | United States | 1961 | 98 minutes

Sunday March 27, 2022, 1 p.m.: In the heat of the night A scathing attack on small-town racial bigotry wrapped in a gripping crime tale, Norman Jewison’s Best Picture winner saw Poitier play the character he is perhaps best known for: Philadelphia detective Virgil. Tibbs.
In the wrong place at the wrong time, Tibbs arrives in a small southern town to visit his mother and finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation in the fictional town of Sparta, Mississippi. Initially the main suspect, due to the fact that he is an African American and also carrying a large amount of cash, his very presence in the town is the cause of intense hostility from many locals . To investigate the murder, he is forced to join forces with Chief Gillespie (Rod Steiger), whose views on racial issues are old-fashioned to say the least. Norman Jewison | United States | 1967 | 110 minutes

Ticketing and more:Tickets are $12/general public and $9/ VENEERS Members. Guests are invited to BYOB and stop before the screening to meet at the Café to browse movies and chat with friends. Concession items are available for purchase.

A Tribute to Sidney Poitier: Four Films Celebrating His On-Screen Legacy the series of screenings is programmed by Charles Coleman, VENEERS Director of film programming. To pre-order tickets, click here. For more information on VENEERS‘ Sidney Poitier tribute screenings, including full film synopses, trailers and stills, visit facettes.org/cinema.
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FACETS Memberships:
Become a VENEERS Sign up today to receive special discounts, including up to 25% off all purchases and exclusive access to the organization’s video rental catalog of hard-to-find Blu-rays, DVDs and VHS tapes. Register today at facets.org/members.
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Health and Safety Protocols:
Following the City of Chicago’s indoor mask advisory and to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the building, VENEERS updated the guidelines which are also described on the organization’s website at facets.org/faqs/.

  • Proof of vaccination: Per the City of Chicago mandate, proof of vaccination is required at the ticket window to enter VENEERS Movie theater
  • Masks: All staff and guests are asked to wear a mask even if vaccinated
  • Distance: All guests and staff are encouraged to maintain physical distancing
  • Air and Cleanliness: Hand sanitizing stations are readily available in all public areas, all surfaces are cleaned regularly and thoroughly, and ventilation systems are reviewed and maximized
  • Food and drink: Masks are requested to be replaced after food and drink consumption
  • Cinema tickets: When it reopens in September, cinema seats will be reserved, maximized for distancing and at 40% capacity
  • Purchase: Buying tickets online is encouraged to reduce crowds and there will only be credit card purchases
  • Health: If a client is unwell or has a fever, they are asked to take advantage of VENEERS‘ Virtual Cinema from the comfort of one’s home when online viewing options are available.

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