ICE-Vision: Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song (Melvin Van Peebles, 1971)
Thursday, February 4 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150
Film Studies major Will Stephenson continues ICE’s informal weekly series, selecting a variety of world cinema classics and subcultural curiosities.
“Melvin Van Peebles’s 1971 independent film touched off a wave of imitative ‘blaxploitation’ features, few of which shared Van Peebles’s startling originality and fierce attack. The story of a male “performer” at a ghetto bordello and his run from the law, the film is a shrewd and powerful mix of commercial ingredients and ideological intent. R, 97 min.”
-Dave Kehr (Chicago Reader)