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Blu-ray Review - Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song


1971's "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" is largely credited as the film that inspired the Blaxploitation movement of the 1970s. However, it's not a particularly exploitive movie itself, with writer/director/star Melvin Van Peebles pulling the material from his gut, working to craft a piece of art that exists in a near surreal haze of edits and angles, also trying to speak to a specifically black audience about the state of individual empowerment. It's a crazy feature, but one with defined purpose, with Van Peebles endeavoring to rattle the world with his picture, pouring blood, sweat, and tears into the work. The effort shows, even when "Sweet Sweetback" periodically gets lost in its own cinematic loops.  Read the rest at


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