NATIONTIME-GARY
1972, 90 min, USA, Dir: William Greaves

One of America’s most famous and enduring documentary artists, the Harlem-born Greaves is also renowned for his stunning feature film, SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM (1968), which was named to the National Film Registry in 2015. He returned to documentary filmmaking with this insider’s look at the 1972 National Black Political Convention, held in Gary, Indiana. With narration by Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier, and appearances by Amiri Baraka, Richard Hatcher, Dick Gregory, Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Bobby Seale and Betty Shabazz (the widow of Malcom X), among others, NATIONTIME - GARY captures a key moment of black solidarity in American history. The film was dramatically shortened for television, and the director’s full-length version was never released - until now.


THE BEDFORD INCIDENT
1965, Sony Repertory, 102 min, Dir: James B. Harris

Longtime Kubrick producer James B. Harris made his directorial debut with this cautionary Cold War tale. Richard Widmark stars as the captain of the destroyer USS Bedford, which has located a Soviet submarine off the coast of Greenland. Though not at war, the captain insists on baiting the sub, to the increasing concern of his crew and visiting photojournalist Sidney Poitier.


THE DEFIANT ONES
1958, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Racist jailbird Tony Curtis finds himself chained body and soul to fellow convict Sidney Poitier, in director Stanley Kramer’s stark, bare-knuckled prison-break drama. Curtis’ fierce, hardened performance here is among his finest – as blunt and unforgiving as anything by De Niro or Keitel in the ’70s.


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