Our new repertory series pays tribute to the legendary talent of Sidney Poitier. The challenge in programming such a series is always a combination of ‘what films are available’ and ‘too many great ones to choose from’ and Mr. Poitier’s career is one of such length and quality and variety that there is an embarrassment of riches.
This series comes to you directly because of our head projectionist, David Kornfeld. Some of our regular customers know David well – always dapper, always opinionated, and always proud to project 35mm and 70mm film. But not everyone knows that in addition to running film for four decades, perhaps none of our staff truly thinks about film with the same intensity and knowledge as he. Not just technical knowledge, though he certainly has that, but a real love of the medium as a storytelling device. And one of Mr. Kornfeld’s most beloved topics is the acting acumen of Sidney Poitier. David has been virtually salivating over the idea of a film series dedicated to Sidney Poitier – it is easy to see why, of course – and we were finally able to bring most of his requests to the screen. We’ve worked hard to try to get the best prints possible, from studios to the amazing Academy Film Archive (home of Oscar.)