"By the fall of 1967, Sidney Poitier was one of the biggest movie stars in America and was ready to shed his tidy, no-fuss image. "For Love of Ivy" — the romance he filmed that fall with the jazz singer Abbey Lincoln — was a walk on the wildish side. The film showed not only a high-functioning black business world, but black romance, too. "You look at that photo now and maybe see a pair of American stars just being beautiful together," writes the @nytimes critic at large Wesley Morris. "But back then, the idea of these two making love would have been this close to starting a revolution." The scene being filmed here didn't appear in "For Love of Ivy," and this photo, taken by @nytimes staff photographer Ernie Sisto, didn't run with the @nytimes article about the film, which focused primarily on the complications of wrangling hippies to play extras.
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