Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Blaxploitation Cocktail to get you in the mood for tomorrow's BMN!

Tomorrow night, Ye Olde Schlockologist will celebrate the most bad-assed sub-genre in American Cinema with an educational discourse on Blaxploitation--and spiffy visual aids to boot! Enclosed please find a couple of things to get you into the mood:

The trailer for the Pam Grier vehicle, Foxy Brown:

...and the thoroughly awesome Blacula:

For follow-up study (and a couple of token plugs):

Two key figures in black cinema passed away in the last couple of years. They led interesting lives, and made invaluable contributions to Bizarro cinema. You can read about Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones herself) with a click here; and Isaac Hayes (the God behind the Shaft soundtrack, and the title character in the film Truck Turner) by clicking here.

Last but not least, the man widely credited with starting the entire 'Blaxploitation' revolution in the 1970's was writer/director Melvin van Peebles. An interview--and detailed overview of van Peebles' life and career--can be accessed by clicking here.

Be at the Aster tomorrow, Fiends, Neighbors, and Suckas!

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