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A Raisin In The Sun Review


Excellent
Sidney Poitier is on fire, as usual, in this play adaptation -- something in the vein of A Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Poitier's family faces racial prejudice as it moves into a new home in an all-white neighborhood while entering an ill-advised business venture that leaves them penniless. The struggle to triumph in the face of adversity transcends the film being pegged as a civil rights picture, and thanks to the leadership of Poitier, a classic is born.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Review


Excellent
The early 1970s were a great time for American movies, but one segment of the Hollywood population wasn't benefiting: actresses. The scarcity of roles for women was such that in 1975 there was speculation that Marilyn Hassett might necessarily be nominated for the best actress Oscar for her role in The Other Side of the Mountain; there were hardly five other lead performances by a woman that year. Remember that movie? Remember her? Louise Fletcher took the statue home in the end, for a performance in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest that in any other year would have been a supporting role.

So it was that Ellen Burstyn, following her performance as Regan's frantic mother in The Exorcist in '73, couldn't find work. Couldn't find work, that is, unless she was willing to play a caretaker for the leading man, a weak accessory to the leading man, in need of his protection, or a whore. In interviews at the time she said that she realized that the same was true in her own life: She made her husband's life easier, accessorized it, but wasn't this her life she was leading?

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Requiem For A Heavyweight Review


Excellent
Rod Serling's tale about a washed-up heavyweight boxer (Anthony Quinn) and his corrupt manager (Jackie Gleason) is as relevant as ever, considering the sad fates of greats like Muhamed Ali. In fact, Quinn's Mountain Rivera opens the movie being beaten to a pulp by a young Cassius Clay (later to become Ali). It feels real, even though it's fiction, as this exploration of the afterlife of a boxer proves far more harrowing than what goes on inside the ring.
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