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Baadasssss! Baadasssss!

Baadassss! is Mario Van Peebles' affectionate depiction of his father Melvin Van Peeble's epic journey through artistic innovation, financial ruin and Hollywood blacklisting to make Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song

Baadassss! is Mario Van Peebles' affectionate depiction of his father Melvin Van Peeble's epic journey through artistic innovation, financial ruin and Hollywood blacklisting to make Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song

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Baadassss! is Mario Van Peebles' affectionate depiction of his father Melvin Van Peeble's epic journey through artistic innovation, financial ruin and Hollywood blacklisting to make Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song

As one of Hollywood's few Afro-American directos, Melvin Van Peebles was on the brink of clinching a three-picture deal with a major studio, but realising they would never back the Black Power film he was itching to make and Black America needed to see, Melvin broke out on his own. The result was Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, the story of an 'ordinary black street hustler' fighting back against the system and winning. Employing non-union crew and recruiting from the pornography industry in order to save money, Van Peebles' struggle to release the film is brought back to life in this powerful docudrama by his son, Mario.

Controversial at the time due to its sexual explicitness, graphic violence and for depicting the truth about state-sponsored racism, Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song became the highest grossing film of 1971. It includes engaging performances from a strong ensemble cast (Joy Bryant, Terry Crews and veteran director Ossie Davis) and proves an inspiring lesson in both moviemaking and the power of self-belief.

 

Baadassss! is Mario Van Peebles' affectionate depiction of his father Melvin Van Peeble's epic journey through artistic innovation, financial ruin and Hollywood blacklisting to make Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song

As one of Hollywood's few Afro-American directos, Melvin Van Peebles was on the brink of clinching a three-picture deal with a major studio, but realising they would never back the Black Power film he was itching to make and Black America needed to see, Melvin broke out on his own. The result was Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song, the story of an 'ordinary black street hustler' fighting back against the system and winning. Employing non-union crew and recruiting from the pornography industry in order to save money, Van Peebles' struggle to release the film is brought back to life in this powerful docudrama by his son, Mario.

Controversial at the time due to its sexual explicitness, graphic violence and for depicting the truth about state-sponsored racism, Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song became the highest grossing film of 1971. It includes engaging performances from a strong ensemble cast (Joy Bryant, Terry Crews and veteran director Ossie Davis) and proves an inspiring lesson in both moviemaking and the power of self-belief.

 

Extras

- Full commentary with Mario and Melvin Van Peebles
- American Cinematheque's Q&A with Melvin Van Peebles
- Birth of Black Cinema - featuring Mario, Melvin and the cast of and crew of Baadasssss!
- Director's biography.

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SKU 5035673006962
Catalogue Number BFIVD696
Year 2003
Director Mario Van Peebles
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI DVD
Countries USA
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
Colour Colour
Running time 104 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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