Black Cinema and American Film Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Black Cinema and American Film
This paper looks at black cinema and American film, focusing on actor Sydney Poitier.
# 130526 | 2,500 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that in 1963 Sydney Poitier won an Academy Award for Best Actor. The writer points out that this feat would have been uneventful except for the fact that Poitier was the first Black actor to have ever won the coveted award. The writer looks at American film and Black cinema and race related issues.

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"Poitier recalled that when he was offered the role of Homer Schmidt in Lillies of the Field, the role that he received the honors for, he was told by many within the Black community that he would be seen as an "uncle Tom", cowtowing to the white community. However, Poitier did not view the role in that manner and proceeded with the film making. Following his best actor win a press conference was held in which Poitier was ask questions such as, "How does it feel to be the first Black man to win an Oscar?" and "Do you think you winning the Oscar will have any affect on the parts that are offered to Blacks in film?". Poitier listened to the questions for a few moments and then responded to the reporters by stating that he wanted them to stop asking questions that related to race."

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