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Filmmaker Isaac Julien uses film clips and interviews to illustrate the history of the so-called "blaxploitation" genre. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Pam Grier ... Herself

Fred Williamson ... Himself

Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself

Elvis Mitchell ... Himself

Gloria Hendry ... Herself

Quentin Tarantino ... Himself

Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself
Afeni Shakur ... Herself
Ed Guerrero ... Himself
Armond White ... Himself
bell hooks ... Herself

Richard Roundtree ... Himself (archive footage)
Tamara Dobson ... Herself (archive footage)

Ron O'Neal ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Finley ... Himself
Larry Cohen ... Himself

Jim Kelly ... Himself (archive footage)

Gordon Parks ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Julien ... Himself (archive footage)

Yaphet Kotto ... Himself (archive footage)

Isaac Hayes ... Himself (archive footage)

Curtis Mayfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Innis ... Himself (archive footage)

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rev. Jesse Jackson)

Directed by
Isaac Julien 
Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Paula Jalfon .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Colin MacCabe .... producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Original Music by
Andy Cowton 
Cinematography by
Neal Brown 
Gary Kinkead 
Jonathan Partridge 
Film Editing by
Adam Finch 
Production Management
Heather Keenleyside .... production manager
Sound Department
David Ballard .... sound recordist
Steve Jankowski .... sound recordist
John Quinn .... sound recordist
Ben Young .... sound mixer
Other crew
Ava DuVernay .... publicity consultant
Heather Keenleyside .... researcher
Elvis Mitchell .... consultant
Amy Ongiri .... consultant
Melvin Van Peebles .... source
Mary Lea Bandy .... special thanks
Susan V. Berresford .... special thanks
Susan Cahan .... special thanks
Gertrude Fraser .... special thanks
Henry Louis Gates .... special thanks (as Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
Christine Giraud .... special thanks
Julie Heath .... special thanks
Fred Henry .... special thanks
Rebecca Herrera-Barch .... special thanks
Eileen Harris Norton .... special thanks
Peter Norton .... special thanks
John Phillip Santos .... special thanks
William J. Wilson .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Baadasssss Cinema: A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films" - USA (alternative title)
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58 min | USA:55 min (TV)
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1.66 : 1 See more »

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References The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Good introduction to the genre, 26 June 2005
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

A very entertaining doc that gives a good overview of a unique side of 70's cinema. It great to see some of the people who worked in this influential genre get a chance to reflect and talk. The collected critics are interesting too. Where this doc is of sort of a disservice is when it tries to explain the end of the genre.

Nobody here is really able to step back and admit that the majority of black action films from the 70's were extremely bad. Even the great ones are poorly made from a technical standpoint but have become classics due to the energy and talent of the main cast. Many of the lesser films were impossible to watch and not feel ripped off. After a sitting thru a bunch of duds, people would naturally stop supporting them. Also by 1975, the neighborhood independent movie theaters were closing and the start of the major chain cinema was beginning to take hold. This killed all independent exploitation film making eventually. No kung-fu films, women in prison films, spaghetti westerns or monster films like in the sixties and early 70's. This has to be taken into account including whatever "racist" conspiracy that squelched the black cinema of the 70's. That's my historical comment.

There was about 5 minutes too much time spent discussing the "Jackie Brown" controversy. But anything that creates more screen time for Pam Grier makes up for it.

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