Tell Us Why You Love Sidney Poitier!

Posted by Michael Gibbons on 4.28.2011

Act now for a chance to join us on Monday night at Lincoln Center!

Sidney Poitier's groundbreaking career is full of unforgettable performances, and he could effortlessly pull off broad comedy, tense drama and social issues like no other. In the March/April issue of Film Comment, Stanley Crouch discusses the talent evident in Poitier’s film debut as a young doctor in No Way Out (1950): “Possessed of a superior performer’s sense of nuance, Poitier already understands the levels of undertone possible in the reaction shots that any important film actor must master.”

No Way Out was just Poitier’s first role in a long career that included classics like Lilies of the Field (‘63), In the Heat of the Night (‘67), and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (‘68). But those are just a few noteworthy titles from a diverse body of work.

What’s your favorite Sidney Poitier film? Please share your answer with the Film Society via email and explain why you've selected the film.

You could win a pair of tickets to our Gala Tribute at 9 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011 at Alice Tully Hall! Not only will it be your chance to see Poitier in person, but presenters on Monday night will include Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker, Dan Aykroyd, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Lulu, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Norman Jewison, Quincy Jones, Quentin Tarantino, and Ruby Dee. To read more about our 38th Annual Chaplin Award Gala, go here.

There's a party afterwards with all our guests, so you must be 21 or over to enter.

The deadline to enter is Friday, April 29 at Noon, ET.

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