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The American Printing House for the Blind presents 'A Patch of Blue'
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In 1967, director Stanley Kramer made a film entitled Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. In more recent years, it was loosely remade as Guess Who, that stupid-looking thing with Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac. I'll be honest, I didn't see it. It seemed a tad sacrilegious, considering the importance and timely significance of the original film, which tells the story of a white woman and a black man who fall in love and plan to be married. This kind of thing was a big deal back in 1967 – in the film, even the woman's parents, who are described as “forward and liberal” and very much like her fiance (played by Sidney Poitier), oppose the marriage, not for skewed “moral” reasons, but on practical grounds.

I'm reminded of this because today's topic also deals with interracial relations in the 1960s, with Mr. Poitier as the star. The film is A Patch of Blue, and it is presented by the American Printing House for the Blind as the final installment in its series, “How Hollywood Has Depicted Blindness.” Elizabeth Hartman plays Selina, a girl who has been blind from the age of five. One day she meets Gordon (Poitier) and the two become friends, after which romance follows – but not without opposition. It is an exploration of the theme “love is blind,” utilizing the racial tensions of the day as the catalyst.

A Patch of Blue will screen tomorrow, Saturday, at 12:30 at the APH, located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue. Audio commentary will be provided for the blind. Admission is free, but registration is required. To do so, call 899-2213, or e-mail [email protected].

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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