For Love of Ivy

For Love of Ivy

DVD - 2004
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A wealthy family, afraid of losing their housekeeper to a secretarial career, fix her up with a man-about-town, who is secretly involved in illegal gambling.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2004
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780792859215
0792859219
Branch Call Number: DVDC FOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : digital, sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Feb 08, 2018

An excellent movie with a good cast.

quietfire Jan 04, 2014

I lo-o-o-o-oved this picture. It is a film that has so many underpinnings - man vs. woman, man vs. environment, young vs. old, black vs. white, southerner vs. northerner, upper class vs. lower class, etc... If you are not culturally, socially and politically in tune with what was happening in the United States at this time, then perhaps "the point" may escape you. Before there was the movie, "The Help," there was the movie, "For Love of Ivy." The help, in this instance, was Ivy. Her youthful years were wasted away as a maid - in isolation - from the rest of the world (except on her days off). She scrubbed, mopped, cooked, laundered and "nannied" for the Austins for 9 years and, yet, they knew very little about her as a human being. So sad. The relationship between herself and her employer was/is typical. Maids were/are verbally and physically abused. Your value as a human being was/is tied up, for example, in how well you peeled potatoes or how well you kept little "Johnny or Susie" quiet at night. The service involves long hours, low wages, no health care benefits and loads of work. African-American maids died paupers with calloused hands, varicose veins and brittle bones. They aged well beyond their actual years. Slavery never ended. It was just reconstructed and lawyered up. A maid’s role can easily be recast into a not-so-subtle form of slavery.

At 27 years of age, Ivy realized that there was a whole lot more to life than being a servant. All of the Austins’ repressed stereotypes began to surface when Ivy gave her 2 weeks notice. For example, Mrs. Austin asked Ivy if she wanted to take her vacation…….. in Africa. Huh???? The mother, Doris Austin could not fathom WHY Ivy wanted a better life for herself and a home and a family of her own. Had Ivy continued to work there, the Austins would have denied her everything that they themselves cherished. Thank God that Ivy "woke up" and Sidney helped to nudge her toward realizing her dream of independence.

Shirley Horn sings the theme song. She was a vocalist extraordinaire. "Lazy Afternoon" is one of my favorite renditions sung by her. (It's on YouTube.) The artwork of Charles White was exhibited in the film. Marvelous! The music of Quincy Jones was embedded, as well. Sidney is one of my favorite actors. "To Sir With Love" has taken its rightful place among the classics. Abbey Lincoln showed early promise. (I liked her in "Nothing But a Man" with Ivan Dixon.) City slicker/hustler, Jack Parks was romantic and comedic. Country bumpkin, Ivy Moore was uneducated (no high school diploma) and ignorant in the ways of the world. Ying and yang. “For Love of Ivy” was probably the first early, on-screen look at a relationship between a Caribbean man and an African-American female.

When it was made in 1968, there were not many movies that portrayed African-Americans in roles other than cotton-picking slaves and buck dancing/head scratching buffoons. Even today, quality African-American films are lacking. Many African-Americans were employed in this film and it was a launching pad for the careers of Carroll O’Connor and Beau Bridges. I’m glad Sidney co-wrote the screenplay and put the film out there for the world to see. It is not a perfect film but what film is? I highly recommend viewing, “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Let’s Do It Again” starring Sir Sidney Poitier and Dr. William Henry Cosby, Jr. These flicks are my all-time, funny favorites.

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