This Thursday, Sidney Poitier, legendary comedian and pioneer of the black cause, died at the age of 94 at his home in Los Angeles. Committed man and artist who opened “the doors to a generation of actors”, as Barack Obama had underlined in 2009, the actor was considered to be the first black star of Hollywood. In order to pay tribute to his career, several television channels are shaking up their programming.
This Monday January 10, Arte will broadcast, at 8:50 p.m., the comedy by Stanley Kramer Devine who is coming to dinner. In this 1967 feature film, Sidney Poitier replies to Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The latter plays the role of his girlfriend (white, that is important) who must introduce him to his parents. But can the ideal son-in-law be black? The question arose at that time in the United States since interracial marriage was legalized throughout the country a few months before the film’s release.
“In the Heat of the Night”, a five-Oscar film
The following week, Monday January 17, France 5 will also modify its programming by offering In the Heat of the Night, Norman Jewison’s film also dating from 1967, at 9 p.m. True immersed in Mississippi, the feature film begins with the murder of a businessman. An African American, seated in the hall of the station, is immediately charged with the murder. Checks made, it turns out that this man is Virgil Tibbs, a policeman. In the Heat of the Night won five Oscars, including Best Picture the following year.