Things Said: Sidney Poitier and Steven Spielberg on Stanley Kramer

Stanley Kramer and Sidney Poitier collaborated on a number of films, including "The Defiant Ones" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

Sidney Poitier said,

“A filmmaker such as Stanley Kramer was an artistic wedge during that period, but art doesn’t solve social problems. It’s a reminder, it’s an irritant, it clarifies, it focuses, but it doesn’t solve.

He was commenting on the years between the filming of The Defiant Ones (1958) to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). The changes in society during this period are drastic and reflected in Stanley Kramer’s work.

Steven Spielberg had this to say about Kramer,

He is “one of our great filmmakers, not just for the art and passion he put on-screen, but for the impact he has made on the conscience of the world.”


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