EDGE OF THE CITY
1957, Warner Bros., 85 min, USA, Dir: Martin Ritt

Another gritty exploration of life on the Manhattan docks that’s also a powerful look at 1950s race relations. Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes play working-class pals driven apart by ignorance and racism (exemplified by a virulent thug, played brilliantly by Jack Warden). Martin Ritt’s stunning directorial debut, based on Robert Alan Aurthur’s 1955 teleplay “A Man Is Ten Feet Tall.” Not entirely noir, but a smart and suspenseful drama overdue for rediscovery!


GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
1967, Sony Repertory, 108 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Matt and Christina Drayton (Hollywood power couple Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) are in for a surprise when daughter Joey (Hepburn's real-life niece Katharine Houghton, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) brings home her fiancé, black doctor John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier). The aging couple's supposedly liberal attitudes are challenged during one dramatic and hilarious day and evening, which culminates in the last-minute arrival of Prentice's parents and an Irish priest for dinner. Nominated for a whopping 10 Oscars, including a win for Best Actress (Hepburn) and Screenplay.


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