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Highlights and illuminates the significance and importance of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song in American film history in terms of opening up the film industry for black directors, such as John Singleton and Spike Lee, performers and film crew. It also inaugurated the Blaxploitation era of Hollywood films, which began with Shaft (1971) as its success alerted the major studios to the fact that there were large profits to be made from films (made for $150,000, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song eventually grossed approximately $15 million) which Directory of World Cinema offered a gritty perspective on the lives of black African-Americans, however unrealistic or stereotypical such representations might be.
Duke’s main motivation is to obtain a ‘piece’ (a gun), and thus become president of the ‘Royal Pythons’, the local gang that he belongs to. ’ There is also a love story, which follows Duke’s seduction of the gang’s official prostitute, Luanne. He takes her to Coney Island to see the ocean, which she had no idea was just a few subway stops away. The movie culminates in gang warfare, ironically waged around a playground. Directory of World Cinema Composer: Mal Waldron Art Director: Roger Furman Editor: Shirley Clarke Duration: 105 minutes Cast: Hampton Clanton Carl Lee Clarence Williams III Year: 1964 Critique In addition to The Cool World, Shirley Clarke’s earlier The Connection (1962) and later Portrait of Jason (1967) also carry similar themes of racial prejudice, drugs, and life on the bottom rung of the inner-city ladder.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the most visually-complex film from the most intricate Kaufman script. The chaotic narrative, developed from Adaptation, reflects Joel, the confused protagonist, who is accompanied by the mental image of his past/future girlfriend Clementine as they travel through his memories to stop her being erased. Furthermore, Charlie’s professional disappointment in the process of adapting Orlean’s novel is paralleled in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, where, on hearing that his shows have been cancelled, Chuck Barris exclaims: ‘They killed my babies.
Directory of World Cinema: American Independent (IB - Directory of World Cinema) by John Berra