Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
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Even if you didn't like the film, read up on it's history. This isn't something like Brakhage making stuff safely. Instead, you have a director doing his own stunts, getting an STD from a scene, working with motorcycle gangs, and being forced to arm himself and the crew because it wasn't a union film.
LOL at the map of the entire United States up on the wall of the police station to coordinate a search of Los Angeles. It wouldn't have been so obvious if he hadn't included a scene where the guy points right at it and says "he's got to be right here" (pointing to California).
A true original. Stylish as hell, with a palpable sense of anger and righteousness and a killer soundtrack. I haven't even begun to look into the history of the film, but I will--thanks Public Enemy.
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This movie ranks #34 in Tim Dirks' Most Controversial Films of All-Time
This movie ranks #85 in 100 American Independent Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #215 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #278 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #293 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #532 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #859 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #874 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die