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How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005)

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Feature-length documentary on renegade filmmaker, novelist, musician and theater impresario, Melvin Van Peebles.

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Feature-length documentary on renegade filmmaker, novelist, musician and theater impresario, Melvin Van Peebles.

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Smart, funny doc about a one-of-a-kind person
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Very entertaining, often funny biography of the amazing Melvin Van Peebles, whose life includes writing successful novels in French, directing hit, uncompromised black films at a time when no one else was, directing Broadway musicals, and even a turn as a stock trader.

A wild, likable, if hard to figure out man, part genius, part showman and a bit of a con-artist, he seems (at least in this documentary) to have mellowed over the years.

Not quite a great film, it's not in depth enough, and is too openly enamored of it's subject, but a fun and historically interesting one. I'd re-visit it.


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