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I marveled at this film because it pulls off a quite complete double
reverse in the traditional methodology of a Greek drama. There are some
great soliloquies and the main characters carry on a bit like folks in
a No Exit play by Sartre. Human nature is exposed with the ruthlessness
of an artist that likes to see his characters bare to the bone with
skin peeled back for added color. Metaphorically of course, not like
the Passion of Christ where the main character ends up looking like
The Penthouse is psychological destruction in the form of Virgina Wolf. Complete and devastating but not in a cheap trash psycho thriller way. I totally related to this modern day "Greek Drama".
I saw this movie in Boulder CO in 1971 in an audience that was
half black and half white in a community in the mountains that was
99.4% white. Blacks in the audience obviously got the raucous
humor only the blacks could get living in America...the white's
didn't have a clue. As a Welfare Rights Organizer at the time i
obviously identified with the black situation. This was the FIRST
movie from the black point of view.
Von Peebles is to be commended for doing the impossible and i have used his example of forbearance and excellance for the past three decades. He had been in Europe for ten years prior to the film. He wanted to do the film. He didn't have the money. No one wanted to write it. He wrote it. Black actors of stature didn't want to be associated with it. He stars in it. He gets the financial backing. He gets an "X" rating because he would not have it submitted for a rating and because the only venue he could get was the "X" rated theatres. He still out grossed Easy Rider, which was the big history maker of low budget big return films.
Von Peebles was the first black man to tell it like it was at the time... and he blasted the black myths on and off the screen.