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

Unrated | | Documentary | 7 April 2005 (USA)
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Feature-length documentary on renegade filmmaker, novelist, musician and theater impresario, Melvin Van Peebles.

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Credited cast:
Marva Allen Marva Allen ... Herself
Emanuel Azenberg Emanuel Azenberg ... Himself
Shelley R. Bonus Shelley R. Bonus ... Herself
St. Clair Bourne St. Clair Bourne ... Himself
Herschel Dwellingham ... Himself (as Hershel Dwellingham)
Janine Evrad Janine Evrad ... Herself (as Janine Euvrard)
Gébé Gébé ... Himself
Dick Hehmeyer Dick Hehmeyer ... Newsreel Narrator (voice)
Gloria Jarecki Gloria Jarecki ... Herself
Henry Jarecki Henry Jarecki ... Himself
Billy Jennings Billy Jennings ... Himself
Woodie King Jr. Woodie King Jr. ... Himself
Spike Lee ... Himself
Madeleine Martineau Madeleine Martineau ... Herself
Richard Milner Richard Milner ... Himself
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Feature-length documentary on renegade filmmaker, novelist, musician and theater impresario, Melvin Van Peebles.

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English | French

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7 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Melvin Van Peebles: I zoi mou me tous lefkous See more »

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Smart, funny doc about a one-of-a-kind person
30 December 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

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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