The first black man to win an Oscar has also worked behind the camera to give us gems like “Stir Crazy” and “Fast Forward.”
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There have only been a handful of good films made about the special, untouchable – nay, rare and sacred union that sometimes forms between a teacher and his/her students. There was Robin Williams as Mr. Keating in Peter Weir’s 1989 DEAD POETS SOCIETY and Maggie Smith in THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE in 1969, but before both of those there was Sidney Poitier as Mr. Thackeray in TO SIR, WITH LOVE. This film actually came to mind when I was thinking about love-related films, what with Valentine’s Day around the corner. But while everyone else is losing their heads over Romantic love, let’s take a look at another kind of love – the platonic, born-of-respect, sometimes tough and often powerful love between students and their teacher.