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Sidney Poitier – documentary Sidney

Apple TV+ has unveiled a trailer for its documentary on Sidney Poitier, which combines testimonials and archive footage, retracing the career of the famous African-American actor.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

In just under three minutes, the trailer takes you through the life of Sidney Poitier, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his rise in American cinema, while giving a prominent place to the dynamics of segregation which divide the United States. .

Several big names in Hollywood are invited to testify, including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman and Spike Lee. All point to the importance of the actor in the history of American cinema.

Indeed, Sidney Potier was the first black to receive the Oscar for best actor in The Lily of the Fields (Ralph Nelson) in 1964. He was known for playing strong roles, at the antipodes of the docile or comic positions granted to Afro-African actors of his time. He was thus able to serve as a model for several generations in search of representation.

The film also contains an interview with the main interested party, Sidney Poitier, died at the beginning of 2022 at the age of 94. The comparison of different points of view the speakers being of various generations, origins and genders — will probably paint an overall portrait of this star of Hollywood’s golden age.

In addition to testimonials, the feature film mixes multiple archive images, film extracts as well as news fragments. The project aims in part to put Poitier’s career into perspective with the evolution of racial tensions in the United States.

The documentary is produced by Oprah Winfrey, particularly known across the Atlantic for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Showand directed by Reginald Hudlin, one of the producers of Django Unchained and the former Entertainment Chairman of Black Entertainment Television.

sydney will be available in France on Apple TV+ from September 23, 2022. For the platform, this is the first documentary centered on an actor, after several passages through the music industry, with for example The world’s a little blurry on Billie Eilish or The Velvet Underground about the eponymous group.

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