Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song

I have again missed the call from the publishing job. I missed the call because I was wrapped up in Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. During this movie about fighting The Man and standing up against injustice, I not only missed a call from a job I really want but also missed the moment on C-SPAN where I could have seen the moment you could point to where things went wrong, when our highest court became stacked against us. I am really scared and I don't even like to think about how much damage this confirmation will cause all of us for a long time.

I called this woman back when I saw that she had called and she did not pick up and again, has yet to return my call. Maybe in another two days, I will get a call from her that I will miss because I'll be in the shower.

The script of this movie sucked, lots of the camera work sucked. Some company seriously needs to do a nice clean transfer of this film to DVD. The sound quality is absent and the picture itself needs some serious cleaning up. I have become so spoiled in this age of Criterion DVDs and of gorgeous versions of films on my television set.

But the editing is awesome, as well as the soundtrack, which was done with Earth, Wind and Fire. An interesting story about the making of this film, care of Wikipedia:

Infamously, when funds ran low, Van Peebles made extra money by applying for worker's compensation after he contracted gonorrhea when filming one of the film's numerous hardcore, unsimulated sex scenes. The scheme paid off, and Van Peebles used the money to further fund the project.

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