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 "Summertime and the living is easy Fish are jumping, and the Cotton is high. Your daddy's rich and your mamma's good looking. So hush little baby don't you cry!" Yes, Porgy and Bess. I was a child when I saw this movie. One of the greatest outings I had with my Mom was, going to the movies. We lived in a house, directly across from a movie theater. It was called, the Forrest Theater. Therefore, we went to the movies quite often, when she didn't have to work. Porgy and Bess is one of the many movies that I watched in that theater. Directed by Otto Preminger in 1959. The cast: Lovely Dorothy Dandridge,  handsome Sidney Pointier, and talented Brock Peters. Along with many other great actors that were just awesome. "Porgy and Bess" was an opera with the same title adapted by George Gershwin in 1935. Prior to this, I believe there was a novel written entitled, "Porgy."  The movie was sad yet, powerful. The story took place in a town called, Catfish-Row in the 1900's South Carolina. That's how families made their living, fishing, and cotton. Bess (Dorothy Dandridge) was a beautiful influential but complexed woman. She was mixed up with a two-bit hustler named, Crown (Brock Peters) that had some type of hold on her. Now, the town knew Bess had a reputation, however, she basically just wanted to be loved. One night, Crown was in a crap game and ended up killing a man. Bess afraid of being questioned by the police fled the scene. She began knocking on folks doors for refuge, but they turned a deaf ear, until she knocked on Porgy's. Porgy (Sidney Pointier) was a kind cripple who sort of had a fetish for Bess. To make a long story short, he took care of her. He made her feel loved and warm. But when Crown got wind of it... he and Porgy got into a fight. Crown drew his knife on Porgy. They struggled and Crown winded up with the knife sticking him, whereas he died. Later, they took Porgy off to jail, because he refused to view the body with the police. Once again Bess felt scared, alone, and hurt. A well-off gentlemen caller, somehow convinced Bess to run off to New York with him, and live the good life. He told Bess her man, Porgy, wasn't coming back from jail. Consequently, she left. But little did she know, Porgy did get out of jail. Only to find out that she had gone to New York. The final scene of the movie is, Porgy getting into his buggy, and driving out of Catfish-Row to claim his sweet Bess. Of course, I didn't cover everything, but the most important parts that engulfed my mind. Movies made back in that era, I don't know, were made with so much sticking power. We all go through the channels of wanting to find true love. And sometimes, it's with the most unlikeliest person that we wouldn't dream of. The music score was very memorable for me. My mom bought the song and played it lots of times at home. I never forgot the first chorus of, "Summertime." I had my children watch this movie too. Along with many others that I had seen with my Mother. The one thing I can say about my Mom is, she took me to see a variety of movies. She didn't limit me to one culture. I appreciate all of them. And I will share them with you as time goes on. I feel movies are just as important as plays, or novels. All have a strong plot or message to convey. In the long run, we all want the same things. To be happy, respected, and most importantly loved!!! I thank these great actors/actresses for sharing their great talents with me and the world.


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