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Sweet Sweetback Debate over the “proper” blackness in films. What were the arguments surrounding the film and who mobilized them? What issues of class and gender did the film raise? How do critics relate this film to larger questions of a Black aesthetic and the meaning and strategies of the revolution? Origins of the Film Reaction to Black Image on Screen Poitier/Hattie McDaniel/Stepin Fetchit Non-threatening, charming, perfect for integration Non sexual, or violent Mainstream, Lost popularity with Black nationalism Rise of Black Consciousness Black Power, Panthers, Arts Movement Malcolm X, LeRoi Jones, Claude Brown The Film Purpose I wanted a victorious film a film where niggers could walk out standing tall instead of avoiding each other’s eyes looking once again like they’d had it. The first black revolutionary film Sweetback Strong, intelligent, conscious, sexual Radical Opening Scene Sexuality—Whorehouse, Biker Gang, Picnic Black man v the cops (talkin' shit) Arguments and Critics Political vs. Demeaning (issue still dealt with in the community today)
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2008 for the course CTCS 469 taught by Professor Casper during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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