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Classic Cinema of the Fifties:Rising Black Star-Racism and the Roles of Sidney Poitier

ID : 1210   
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This is the second study group in a series on important films from the 1950s, a decade when many OLLI members were in grammar school or high school and went to their old neighborhood theatres to watch the movies of that era. The 1950s was a period of racial unrest with the struggles of the Civil Rights Movements entering mainstream American life. In these early films Sidney Poitier portrays young black men dealing with virulent racism. These films broke barriers for black males in leading roles and made him one of the most popular stars in the industry. The four powerful films that will be presented and discussed are: No Way Out (1951); Something of Value (1956); Edge of the City (1957); and The Defiant Ones (1958). A discussion of the issues raised by the subject matter of these films will follow each presentation.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

William McGuffage 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/14/2020 - 2/4/2020 Weekly - Tue 1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map William McGuffage  ClassRoom

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