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Baadasssss Cinema (2002)

Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Grier ... Herself
Fred Williamson ... Himself
Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself
Elvis Mitchell ... Himself
Gloria Hendry ... Herself
Quentin Tarantino ... Himself
Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself
Afeni Shakur Afeni Shakur ... Herself
Ed Guerrero Ed Guerrero ... Himself
Armond White Armond White ... Himself
bell hooks bell hooks ... Herself
Richard Roundtree ... Himself (archive footage)
Tamara Dobson ... Herself (archive footage)
Ron O'Neal ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre.

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English

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14 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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Baadasssss Cinema: A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films See more »

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Mandatory viewing for 'blaxploitation' fans and film critics
10 May 2003 | by Artemis-9See all my reviews

Even I, who have seen Melvin van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baaddasssss Song, loved every minute of this revealing documentary. Richly documented with inserts from the films that are being discussed on camera, or that merely give extra power to the narration; also, a number of newspaper clips with headers that made history, or highlighted the political change trends in the late 1970s. The number of people interviewed, and the important messages they deliver now - is a unique upraisal of their work of a quarter of a century ago. For me at least, it was also marvellous to see how Pam Grier, and Gloria Hendry, have gained weight, but are beautiful, sexy women even now. For the young generation, this documentary is also a good introduction to white/black relationships in the USA in the late 1960s - and a big incentive to discover nice, little action and nudity films of the 1970s now (unfortunately) mostly relegated to video warehouses.


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