Porgy and Bess

Through the lens of the white stage material the film is based on, “Porgy and Bess” tells the story of a troubled Bess (Dorothy Dandridge) trying to break free of her troubles and lands in the arms of the disabled, good-natured Porgy (Sidney Poitier) after her boyfriend is accused of murder. He offers her shelter, love, and support when everyone else in the community turns away.  

The contradictory magnificence of the film and play have both delighted and angered Black audience members since its initial release. The film, perhaps, sharpens the idea that it is okay for us to love something and question our love for it at the same time.

With Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, and Diahann Carroll, and Ivan Dixon.

Director: Otto Preminger
Year: 1959
Genre: Musical
Type: Feature

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIdrZxaP-gE&t=19s

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