Cinema: Quick Cuts

A WARM DECEMBER is framed in spun sugar. Sidney Poitier, who also directed, stars as a brilliant physician who deserted a booming private practice in Boston to work on a ghetto medicine program in Washington, D.C. When the widowed doctor first appears in the film, he is on vacation in London, living at a posh hotel in a style suitable to a vice roy. He falls in love with a lovely, intelligent young woman (Esther Anderson), whose uncle is an ambassador of a newly emergent African state. She is being devoured from within by sicklecell anemia, which happens to...

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