Sidney Poitier Pauline Kael - Essay

Pauline Kael

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Let's Do It Again is like a black child's version of [George Roy Hill's] The Sting—an innocent, cheerful farce about an Atlanta milkman … and a factory worker … who go to New Orleans and pull off a great scam. They outwit the black mobsters … and win enough money for their lodge back home, The Sons and Daughters of Shaka, to put up a new meeting hall. Nobody is hurt, and everybody who deserves a comeuppance gets it. Their con involves hypnotizing a spindly prizefighter…. (p. 66)

It's apparent why Sidney Poitier set this project in motion and directed it: he's making films for black audiences that aren't exploitation films. Let's Do It Again is a warm, throwaway...

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