A Patch of Blue, directed by the great Guy Green, is a gorgeous black & white film (Mr. Green knew something about that) featuring a newly discovered talent, the delightful Elizabeth Hartman.
Cinematographer Robert Burks (yes you’ve seen his name in credits) created a beautifully scaled image, working for the former DP turned director.
For those who may be unaware, Mr. Green was the first British cameraman to win the Academy Award, for his black & white work on a small UK production, Great Expectations (1946). He worked for the same filmmaker several times, on Madeleine, This Happy Breed, and In which We Serve, working in 3-strip Technicolor along the way.
A Patch of Blue is a wonderful film about blindness, and color blindness, and deserves your attention.
Did I mention Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters?
The pity is that Ms Hartman only appears in eight films, inclusive of The Beguiled, and The Group.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely