Join us as we explore the wild and offbeat cinema that played the roadshows, drive-ins and grindhouses.
The Blaxploitation era lasted from approximately 1971 to 1979. In that time hundreds of films were directed, written by and starring African Americans. They might've been mostly low budget genre films, but they had an exciting, raw, soulful quality unlike any other type up until that time. These films are integral pieces of Hollywood history that will always have a special place in cult movie lovers hearts. This volume is dedicated to BAADASSSS CINEMA!
Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 independent arthouse production SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG was the main precursor to the Blaxploitation explosion. It would set up the anti-establishment themes that would become essential to the genre.
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Directed by Larry Cohen, BLACK CAESAR (1973) starred Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. It was essentially a Blaxploitation update of the classic gangster movies of the 30s and 40s but set in Harlem.
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