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The film was controversial, even when viewed through the advent of the “sexual revolution” that took place in the late 60s and 70s: the movie was so explicit that it was slapped with a rare X-rating.The movie features a disturbing and highly inappropriate scene in which a young Mario van Peebles, playing an adolescent version of his father, is deflowered by an aging prostitute in a bordello.
In 1968 for a black man to walk up to the podium and accept the top festival award for a film he had to go abroad to make--now that's how you make your mark.Although Tyler Perry’s movies have taken heat for trafficking in negative stereotypes, at their core his movies are resonant, powerful and advance positive themes of family, redemption and self-empowerment (and for the record, van Peebles himself is on record saying congratulatory things about Perry’s movies).The leitmotif of blaxploitation films was completely divergent from what one finds in a Perry production, yet few will deny their cultural import and permanence.Context being king, however, it’s important to understand the fires in which blaxploitation movies were forged.These movies were given life at a time when black political and cultural influence was still in its infancy, and autonomous black filmmaking was rare if nonexistent.It's a shame, then, that he gives us little impression of Melvin the man, while his direction lacks the raw sense of risk and urgency that informed a shoot perpetually on the verge of implosion.
Instead, he adopts a disappointingly traditional "underdog triumphant" tone for a story that is, in many ways, more compelling than that of the courageous, contentious, but often misogynistic and sluggish movie it recalls.
Although the images were broadly negative, and its progeny provided the first introduction of black culture to a mainstream that was still widely resistant to the idea of independent African-American creativity.
Times have changed, yet some of the circumstances surrounding black filmmaking have not.
Melvin Van Peebles stunned the world for the first time, with his debut feature, The Story of a Three Day Pass.
Filmed in France and selected as the French entry in the San Francisco Film Festival, Melvin's film was awarded the top prize.
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