Back to Black: Foxy Brown (1974)

Hoezo in Kino

The new Spike Lee Joint BlacKkKlansman is the director and activist’s most compelling work in decades and a razor sharp dissection of institutionalized racism in America(n cinema). The film is shot in the blaxploitation style – the movement of black cinema made popular in the 70’s that dealt with the portrayal of inner city life of the predominantly black communities and neighborhoods in places like New York’s Harlem. These mostly low budget, violent films often had a strong socio-political message as they conveyed the stark living conditions of the times and provided independence and agency for the black actors and producers to work on cinema under the Hollywood system (all four films in this retrospective are from MGM Studios). But the films were also unique in their cultural quality to popularize ‘street language’ (jive) and provided black artists to showcase their talents scoring films like Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown and Isaac Hayes. In September KINO will screen four blaxploitation films from the early 70’s.

Regie: Jack Hill

Cast: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown,

Genre:

Actie, Drama, Misdaad

Land: VS

Speelduur: 92 minuten

Ondertiteling: geen

Kijkwijzer:
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“She’s brown sugar and spice but if you don’t treat her nice she’ll put you on ice!”

The undisputed queen of 70’s black cinema stars in her defining role as the titular character in this straight forward but entertaining revenge film. Originally a sequel to the more socio-economically involved Coffy (1973), the decision was made to make this more a showcase for Griers beauty and sas. But the film does have a message if it comes to the (lack of) financial agency available to black women at the time besides prostitution and what heavy toll this line of work takes on it’s characters.