Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak

Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak

by David Walker, Andrew J. Rausch, Chris Watson
     
 

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This is a collection of interviews with many of the men and women who defined blaxploitation—a genre of films produced mainly in the 1970s that were marketed to a predominantly black audience. Among those interviewed are such icons as Jim Brown, Antonio Fargas, Gloria Hendry, Jim Kelly, Rudy Ray Moore, Ron O'Neal, William Marshall, Glynn Turman, Melvin Van… See more details below

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This is a collection of interviews with many of the men and women who defined blaxploitation—a genre of films produced mainly in the 1970s that were marketed to a predominantly black audience. Among those interviewed are such icons as Jim Brown, Antonio Fargas, Gloria Hendry, Jim Kelly, Rudy Ray Moore, Ron O'Neal, William Marshall, Glynn Turman, Melvin Van Peebles and Fred Williamson.

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Library Journal

Blaxploitation films were an outgrowth of the racial and political upheavals of the 1960s and offered black actors exposure they had not previously enjoyed. The first successful film in the cycle is generally considered to have been Melvin Van Peebles's Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song(1971). Walker (ed., BadAzz MoFo magazine), Andrew J. Rausch (Making Movies with Orson Welles), and director Chris Watson collect variably enlightening interviews with 22 participants in the blaxploitation era, a few now deceased. Both trained actors (e.g., William Marshall, Glynn Turman) and charismatic sports figures like Jim Brown and Fred Williamson starred in these often-superviolent movies, while white directors like Ralph Bakshi and Larry Cohen were frequently at the helm. Only a single woman, Gloria Hendry, is included. (See Stephane Dunn's "Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas for more on female characters in blaxploitation films.) Given the relative paucity of writings on these films, any additional source is worthwhile. Although there's not complete agreement on what should be considered part of this briefly popular subgenre, the lengthy filmography here should prove useful. Recommended for cinema collections.
—Roy Liebman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810867079
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/30/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

David Walker has directed several films including Damaged Goods and is the editor of the blaxploitation magazine Bad Azz Mofo. Andrew J. Rausch is the author of numerous books on film, including Turning Points in Film History (2004) and Making Movies with Orson Welles (Scarecrow, 2008), which he cowrote with Gary Graver. Chris Watson has directed several films including Zombiegeddon and Dead in Love.

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