A Patch of Blue. 1965. USA. Written and directed by Guy Green. Based on the novel by Elizabeth Kata. With Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman. 35mm. 105 min.
Though she was accidentally blinded by her abusive mother as a child, the fearless, optimistic Selina ventures out into the world each day. One day, in the park, she meets Gordon, a gentle man who encourages her in her daily struggles, and the two fall in love—though Selina has no idea he is African American. When Selina’s mother finds out, she blows a gasket and tries to ruin the relationship. A Patch of Blue combines gentle romance with cautious social commentary.