Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"Blackboard Jungle" TONIGHT, Wednesday, January 8 at Plainfield Library

The Sidney Poitier Film Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library (FOPPL), continues this Wednesday at 6:30 pm with a screening of the 1955 class film, Blackboard Jungle, starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier. The film, seen as a gritty, realistic view of violence and gang culture in inner-city schools, featured the earliest rock-n-roll soundtrack used in a Hollywood release, and was viewed as the cause of vandalism and violence at some of the theaters where it played. Nevertheless, it went on to receive several Academy Award nominations, including Best Art Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

Although Poitier has only a featured role in the film, it is considered one of his break-out roles and it presages the huge film career he went on to have.

The festival will continue to run on the second Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 pm through May 2014. Below is the list of films--mark your calendar!

Uptown Saturday Night - February 12
A Patch of Blue - March 12
In the Heat of the Night - April 9
Stir Crazy - May 14

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