For those familiar with the life of the immensely gifted Hartman, a woman whose career was limited by emotional problems and who took her own life at the age of 46, her few film appearances have added significance. And another kind of movie in which we lean forward in our seats, trying to penetrate the mystery of characters who are obviously thinking a great deal. A Patch of Blue is actually one of the first films to downplay the race card, as it were. Booze-ridden Ole Pa is sweet when sober, abusive when drunk, and melancholy most of the rest of the time, and Wallace Ford and Shelley Winters make a great pair, especially when enjoying themselves, giving the neighbors a hard time. Green touches on Elizabeth Hartman's tragic early death only in passing. Selina convinces her grandfather to take her to the park, where she happens to meet Gordon Ralfe, an educated and soft-spoken black man working night shifts in an office.
I can't even remember the first time that I saw this movie but i have always loved it, its a very inspiring movie because you see a girl who probably has every single reason in the world to be angry, and hateful, but despite what she's gone through shes just the sweetest girl she's even nice to the two people who treat her the worst. The prejudice portrayed in A Patch of Blue is neither overstated or one-sided. Meanwhile, a bus arrives to pick up Selina for her trip to the school, and both friends say goodbye. Despite Roseanne's name-calling, Gordon implies that as an 18-year old, Selina can now do what she wants. One of her first acts, after the initial shock wears off, is to call a man who was a colleague of both her and her husband, and seduce him. Patch of Blue is a classic.
We can tell he's crazy about her, but knows that she needs to do a lot of maturing and self-discovery before they should even consider getting involved. Even though the material stands on its own, viewers are likely to be transfixed by the characters and performers. Likewise, Selina's mother and Ole Pa aren't raving racists, but average whites who take their dislike of blacks for a given. One of a half dozen major scores he wrote in 1965, it is characteristically beautiful yet sparse, simple and unfussy. Selina's helped only occasionally by her alcoholic grandfather, Ole Pa Wallace Ford. He's a modest-sounding man with amazing credits, and he tells the story of the making of the film very interestingly. Within the production code, A Patch of Blue manages to present the prostitution, alcoholism and child abuse of Salina's home life, without resorting to clichés.
It addresses cultural tolerances and intolerances from the working poor to the educated professional. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. One thing about A Patch of Blue that merits special notice is its music by Jerry Goldsmith. I remember as a kid watching this movie, I love this movie. There is lots of excitement, both violent and sentimental.
Selina knows only harsh treatment and sordid misery with Rose-Ann, but in the park she meets Gordon Ralfe Sidney Poitier , a lonely young man who likes her company. Poitier on the other hand does what he seems to do best: strong and stoic, conveying the confidence all great actors possess. It was also the final screen appearance for veteran actor. The disc is accompanied by a stills gallery, a text essay on Poitier, and a very informative commentary by Guy Green. This could have come across as a stagy movie, but it never feels that way because of the acting talent on display. Sidney Poitier stars as a man who befriends a blind girl Elizabeth Hartman he often sees in the park, and as he comes to understand the harshness of her family life, encourages her to reach out for a better life. Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community.
While enjoying the peace and serenity of the park, a passerby befriends the innocent young waif and begins to care for her well being more than a normal stranger should. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil. She lives in France and is married to a famous composer, who is killed in an auto crash early in the film. She doesn't want to see anybody she knows. I saw it as a young teenager and as a dvd I found it all the more meaningful when my niece became blind after her 16th birthday. The second is that being blind to color helps foster a sense of unity and acceptance.
In this picture, Green and producer Pandro Berman fashioned a studio film with neither a studio look nor a studio attitude. In addition to the Best Supporting Actress win for Winters, the film was nominated for Academy Awards for Elizabeth Hartman , , , , , and. Poitier's Gordon Ralfe is not a black superman or an ideal exponent of civil rights, but a guy just trying to get along. Judging by the examples of Guy Green and Jack Cardiff, British ex-cinematographers make excellent directors. Selina tells him that she loves him, and knows that he is black, and that it does not matter to her. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive.
In the park, Hartman meets Poitier and they become close friends in spite of pressure from. The only weird note is his packing Selina off to a boarding school for the blind. That show is excellently written progressive liberal propaganda that still smacks of special pleading, with Poitier playing a man so utterly perfect so as to resemble a fantasy. The plot differs slightly from the film in that it has a less optimistic ending. He then tells her they will wait one year to find out if their love will lead to marriage.
She's a grown woman and yet she's never even been taught how to cross the street. While Rose-Ann is out, Selina runs away to the park and, with some difficulty, meets Gordon. Yet, despite being surrounding by strong central and supporting performances, the most powerful presence of the film is Winters. The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products and services that are purchased through links on our site as part of our affiliate partnerships with retailers. While perhaps too consciously schematic in its pairing of a black man and a blind white girl during an era of heightened racial awareness, this small film is a tender and moving story of friendship. Although the film strains credibility in suggesting the possibility of so public a relationship between a black man and a white girl during that time, the character of Poitier's skeptical brother Ivan Dixon does introduce a note of reality. For a mostly forgotten actor, Ford goes way, way back, to his peculiarly endearing performance in Tod Browning's 1932 Freaks.
The short also shows her visiting the to watch blind people being trained to do handwork — similar to the her character does in the film — and to perform tasks of daily living and self-care, of the sort that Poitier's character teaches Selina to do. Now she must pick up the pieces of her life. The first is how those with sight often take advantage of those without, forgetting the simple joys vision can provide. Join 231 other followers Sign me up! Poitier is the star, but A Patch of Blue is Elizabeth Hartman's picture. As Gordon's compassion for the girl increases, he encounters Roseanne as she and a friend plan to open a brothel. Rent it for a few bucks here on Amazon. Eventually there is a surprise.