I'm going to follow on Strike's question asking about these movies listed as "Black" movies
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Imitation of Life - never saw the movie but reading the synopsis, I think the actor playing black isn't even black.
M&G......always enjoy reading and responding to your posts because they are usually thought-provoking. I understand the point you are making about Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Not exactly a black movie per se
, but premised on a VERY racial theme of inter-racial dating, especially in the 60’s. Sidney Poitier was BEYOND brilliant in his portrayal of the negro suitor.
As a couple of peeps have already mentioned^^^, there are actually two versions of Imitation of Life, the first one produced in the 30’s (?) and the second produced in the late 50’s/60’s (?). I have seen both, but the latter, more recent version is absolutely gut-wrenching. Again, not particularly a black movie, but premised on TOXIC racial prejudice.
Btw, thought of another black movie that no one has mentioned, and that is “Glory”. The story about the all-black regiment in the Civil War, and for which Denzel Washington won best supporting actor award.
That very last scene when those boys are marching along the South Carolina beach to take the confederate fort, KNOWING that they are sitting ducks and will sustain heavy casualties is beyond gut-wrenching. And the soundtrack of the Boys Choir of Harlem chanting on the background music makes this final scene almost too unbearable to watch.
I am damn near getting a lump in my throat right now thinking about that scene.