Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song at Brattle Theatre
The Late Show: New Restoration!
Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15
(1971) dir Melvin Van Peebles w/Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales [97 min; DCP]
Considered to be among the most significant features ever by an African-American filmmaker, SWEET SWEETBACK is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as one of the first blaxploitation films. Legendary director/writer/producer/editor/composer Melvin Van Peebles stars as a black orphan raised in a brothel and groomed to be a sex show performer. Set up by his boss and two corrupt cops for a murder he didn’t commit, Sweetback escapes custody and is thrust into an increasingly hallucinogenic world of violence and bigotry where no one can be trusted, and the possibility of death lurks at every corner… Featuring a rousing score from a nascent Earth, Wind, & Fire, Van Peebles creates an unforgettable study of perseverance in the face of racism.