Van Peebles is one of the forefathers
of Black Cinema. His movie: Sweet
Sweetback's Baadassss Song was the
first black directed feature to appear
in regular theatres. The neo-blaxploitation
was edgy because of various scenes and
statements in the movie. The movie came
at police officers neck for their action
something rare for the turbulent 1970's
and also featured sexual acts and other
once deemed improper actions. This
movie is a documentary of the original
film with Melvin's son Mario (Posse)directing
the movie with a lot of the same mannerisms
father did. One example is the diversity
of the cast mirrors the diversity shown
in the 1970's making the people have a
vested interest in the films success.
movie shows Melvin's struggles dealing
Hollywood executives, creditors and financial
backers. He also struggles to be a good
father especially with Mario, a young
kid interested in almost everything his
pops does. Melvin risked his eyesight
and had to mortgage everything he had
to get the movie done and you see it in
this film. The cast is diverse with people
like Paul Rodriguez, Joy Bryant, David
Alan Grier, Nia Long, the late great Ossie
Davis, Saul Rubinek, Khleo Thomas, Rainn
Thomas and Van Peebles star in the film.
This movie doesn't sugar coat the truths
Melvin went through as a young black director
trying to get an opportunity.
DVD features commentary with Mario and
Melvin Van Peebles, a featurette titled "The Birth of Black Cinema", a featurette
titled "The Premiere", an "American Cinematheque
Q&A with Melvin Van Peebles", poster
explorations and preview.
movie is good for any occasion mixing
truth with comedy and drama, as is life.
I'll give the movie 4.5 globes.
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