‘Lord’ operates on bio

HBO pic deals with race relations in Jim Crow South

NEW YORK – At last week’s Gotham preem of HBO Films’ “Something the Lord Made,” co-star Alan Rickman spoke admiringly of the “enormous trust” that developed between his real-life character, a white doctor by the name of Alfred Blalock, and Vivien Thomas, a black carpenter turned surgeon in the Jim Crow South.

“Now, of course, it looks sort of appalling that he would have Vivien serving drinks at his party,” thesp said.

Also on hand for the classy May 17 fete at Brasserie 8½: HBO’s Keri Putnam, helmer Joseph Sargent, pic’s Mary Stuart Masterson and exec producers Eric Hetzel and Robert Cort.

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