Sweet Sweetback

Sweet Sweetback - Kevin Albano March 23, 2008 A Technical...

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Kevin Albano March 23, 2008 A Technical Analysis of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is firmly mired in the psychedelic era. Melvin Van Peebles gives us frequent shots with negative or false colors near the beginning of the film. More frequently, he directs scenes so they have various altered reality allusions--time stretching, repeating, stopping and stuttering, bizarre actions and reactions from various characters, rambling nonsense, and so on--which for the viewer approximate the perception of someone who is wasted almost to the point of passing out. These scenes often play like some kind of avant-garde performance art, and are as much a focus of the film as any of the usually cited "political" messages rooted in racially oriented turmoil and disparity. Peebles makes his movie out of a slew of avant-garde filmic elements, via superimpositions, montages, and a soundtrack as a combination of great Earth, Wind and Fire songs and a collage of voice-overs during Sweetback's run. If looking at it from a
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