‘Lilies’ blooms in Black and White

Sep 15, 2018
Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) has a better idea about how the German nuns of “Lilies of the Field” can learn English.

Belfast — Black and White is September’s theme in Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series. The month’s black and white films are screened weekly at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

The series continues Sept. 21 with “Lilies of the Field” (1963, USA), for which Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win the Best Actor Oscar. He plays an itinerant handyman who stumbles upon a group of German nuns in the Arizona desert whose dream is to build a chapel for the impoverished Latino townsfolk. As he helps them build the chapel, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God.

Fittingly, the title comes from a passage in The Sermon on the Mount, “Consider the Lilies of the Field.” The programmers call this a feel good movie if ever there was one — with a theme song for the ages. The monochrome series will conclude Sept. 28 with “Ed Wood” (1994, USA). Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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