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Watermelon Man

 
 
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
  • 7PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 100min
FORMAT: 35mm
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+  Intro by Racquel Gates
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Melvin Van Peebles | 1970

With Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine

Intro by Racquel Gates
Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY

Just before unleashing the independent bombshell Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles directed his only studio film, which surely stands as one of the most subversive statements of Black Power ever smuggled into a mainstream commercial comedy. Godfrey Cambridge stars (initially in whiteface) as a racist white insurance salesman who wakes up one morning to discover he’s become black—a Kafkaesque metamorphosis that yields both outré comic misunderstanding and serious social commentary.

 
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