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    MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, RIP. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    R.I.P. MELVIN VAN PEEBLES.

    Black cinema may be considered a given now, but, when SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG came out in 1971 it hit like a mega-ton bomb. This was no simple middlebrow tale from a black filmmaker, nor even an early proto-blaxploitation film where a genre story just injected african-american characters into it - it was an in your face provocation. Rated X and full of vivid sex, language and violence it shook up audiences, becoming a smash semi-underground hit. Van Peebles wrote, directed and starred.

    Van Peebles continued to make films and act in movies and TV. His son, Mario, made a wonderful tribute to the making of this landmark film with 2003's BAADASSSSS!.

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    Waterfall Puncher Derrick King's Avatar
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    Bummer.

    Oddly a week before the Criterion box set, so MVP joins a list of filmmakers that died around the release of big blu-ray boxsets of their works (Rivette and the big Out 1 Arrow box, Romero and the Between Night and Dawn Arrow box, Seijun Suzuki and, I think, the Taisho Trilogy Arrow box)

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    R.I.P., the guy was a legend and a real character.
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