Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

US (c) 1971 Yeah. P+D+SC+M+ED: Melvin Van Peebles. M: Earth, Wind & Fire. CAST: Melvin Van Peebles (Sweetback), Simon Chuckster (Beetle), Hubert Scales (Mu-Mu), John Dullaghan (Commissioner), Niva Rochelle. 98 min. A MoMA restored print viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki 17 April 2009. - A brilliant print. Last time I saw this in 1992, the print was not so hot. - Revisited (the beginning and the end): a film that is more fascinating than I have realized, see Pirkka Kivenheimo's commentary below.

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