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Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

Director, writer, composer, actor, and one-man creative revolutionary Melvin Van Peebles jolted American independent cinema to new life with his explosive stylistic energy and unfiltered expression of Black consciousness. Though he undeniably altered the course of film history with the anarchic Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, that pop-culture bombshell is just one piece of a remarkably varied career that has also encompassed forays into European art cinema (The Story of a Three Day Pass), mainstream Hollywood comedy (Watermelon Man), and Broadway musicals (Don’t Play Us Cheap).

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man

A man’s worst fear in his prime is shrinkage, boy does Scott Carey have major problems with that. Criterion is giving The Incredible Shrinking Man a facelift with a new restoration. The penned story by Richard Matheson is laudable at best on the giant screen for its attempt to make us believe a man exposed…