Unless you’ve lived in a cave for your entire life, you know the gentleman above – the great, great (some stars make it necessary to repeat yourself) actor Sidney Poitier. As fine an actor – and human being, for that matter – as you’ll ever hope to read about.
While I have many favorite Sidney Poitier roles and films, Lilies of the Field (Amazon dvd link) and his excellent, award-winning portrayal of Homer Smith are right up there. Each time I think it is, unquestionably, my favorite Poitier film, I’ll re-watch another one and think…. “How can I possibly choose just one?!”
I love both him and Harry Belafonte to distraction, so their Buck and the Preacher (Western they made in 1972 with Ruby Dee and Cameron Mitchell) always has to be in the conversation when talking about my favorite Poitier films. Have you ever seen this one? I just love it! Even the theme music is to die for.
At any rate… back to Lilies of the Field. When it comes to old movies and favorite stars, I tend to ramble off and have to get myself back on the main road from time to time. Or had you noticed?
Sidney Poitier, who directed the film, won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Homer Smith. He also won the Golden Globe as Lead Actor. Both awards were very well deserved, as he did a remarkable job.
Sidney Poitier and Lilia Skala, Lilies of the Field
A Few Interesting Bits of Trivia:
- Lilies of the Field (Amazon dvd link) is considered to be one of fifteen films that changed American cinema.
- This is reportedly Levar Burton’s favorite film.
- The title comes from The Sermon on the Mount.
- Features Lilia Skala’s only Oscar nominated performance, as Mother Maria.
If you’ve never seen this incredible film, I hope you’ll watch it at your earliest convenience. It is extraordinary.