Film Friday

“Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.” –Tim Burton, Burton on Burton

I don’t know why, but for a few days I have been thinking about a movie I saw when I was 12 years old, A Patch of Blue with Sidney Poitier (whom I always had a crush on!),  Shelley Winters and an unknown at the time, Elizabeth Hartman. Writing this post, I learned that Elizabeth Hartman had committed suicide at the young age of 44!  How sad!!!!!   At that time, A Patch of Blue definitely evoked from that 12 year old girl a definite “emotional response” as I watched the ugly racism and prejudice unfold from the great Shelley Winter’s character as her blind daughter develops a relationship with a wonderful man portrayed by Sidney Poitier. Ms Winters won an Oscar for this role.

Just think of the history being made in 1965: The Voting Rights Act, The Selma to Montgomery March led by Dr. King, the murder of Viola Liuzzo by the Ku Klux Klan after the Selma to Montgomery March was over, the assassination of Malcolm X, the Watts Riot in Los Angeles…

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