Lilies of the Field
First screened in March 2002 / Most recently screened in March 2016
Director: Ralph Nelson. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Isa Crino, Lisa Mann, Francesca Jarvis, Pamela Branch, Stanley Adams, Ralph Nelson, Dan Frazer. Screenplay: James Poe (based on the novel by William E. Barrett).

Twitter Capsule: Reprises yet gently flexes Poitier's typecasting as a paragon. Appealing and well-scaled; no lunge for Import.

VOR:   In a just world, this would have been a sweet side-project, decent in all senses, in a riskier, more varied career Poitier might have had. Proficient, historically important, but no landmark.



Photo © 1963 United Artists

Not yet reviewed in full. B

(in March 2002: C+)


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Actor: Sidney Poitier
Best Supporting Actress: Lilia Skala
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Poe
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Ernest Haller

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Actor (Drama): Sidney Poitier
Best Supporting Actress: Lilia Skala
Best Film Promoting International Understanding

Other Awards:
Berlin Film Festival: Best Actor (Poitier); Interfilm Award; OCIC Award
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Comedy

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