Watched: Lilies of the Field, 1963.
I find Sidney Poitier inherently awe-inspiring. Every moment is a true, authentic reaction. His acting is joyous in a way that my generation rarely seeks to explore.
Plot? Essentially, through sheer pressure of personality, the Head Mother of a sect of German immigrant nuns convinces the main character, Homer, to stay and build a church for the impoverished patrons.
For a film released during the Civil Rights Movement, race is subtly dealt with in a respectful manner. Race is also used as a source of humor. One of my favorite scenes involves Homer (Poitier) teaching the German speaking Nuns what color a record is. "The-record-is-black...I-am-black" Homer explains carefully. "...I-am-black" the table of white nuns reply faithfully.
An under appreciated, remarkable film.