Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Fri, Nov 12 at 7:30PM

This is part of Burn Hollywood Burn! The Films of Melvin Van Peebles

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Plays as part of our original series Burn Hollywood Burn! The Films of Melvin Van Peebles.

Acting as producer, director, writer, composer, editor, and star, Melvin Van Peebles created the prototype for what Hollywood would eventually co-opt and make into the blaxploitation hero. When he’s pushed too far by a pair of racist cops looking to frame him for a crime he didn’t commit, Sweet goes on the run through a lawless underground of bikers, revolutionaries, sex workers, and hippies in a quest for liberation from white oppression.

SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG ’s incendiary politics are matched by Van Peebles’s revolutionary style; in which jagged jump cuts, kaleidoscopic superimpositions, and psychedelic sound design come together in a sustained howl of rage and defiance. "Rated X by an all-white jury."