Black women's role in Black-cast soul porn and Blaxploitation films
is treated in Chapter 2, "Sexy Soul Sisters.
This bitterness runs through most blaxploitation films
and is central to "Super Fly," not just the best of the genre but nearly the only one of the bunch that can still be watched simply as a very good movie, of whatever label.
In other words, the jester's mere existence in the blaxploitation film
provides a space for a mockery of typical gendered performance.
This wide-ranging chapter ends with a discussion of blaxploitation films
that suggests that the dissonance between the 1972 film Super Fly, which celebrates the life of a cocaine dealer while its anti-drug soundtrack powerfully exposes "the central problem of the postsegregation era," reveals the problem behind the central paradox, which is: "how to participate in American consumer culture and not be dirtied by it" (152).
Largely produced between 1969 and 1976, blaxploitation films
targeted African American audiences to an unprecedented extent.
Writer Toni Cade Bambara suggests that their "focus on issues of family, women, history and folklore marked a direct response to the popular blaxploitation films
of the 1970s which tended to glorify violence and offered shallow stereotypical depictions of Black Nationalism and sexuality" (Ogunleye 159).
I will read the contemporary understanding of blaxploitation films
as cult films, with their appreciation being motivated by a contemporary ironic fetish for all things kitsch and camp.
At drive-ins and movie houses everywhere, audiences were introduced to a legend in the making: Pam Grier in her iconic role as the revenge fueled nurse Coffy, in the blaxploitation film
of the same name.
However, Itzkovitz notes a contrary impulse in movies like the Hebrew Hammer (2003), which provides another more complex, albeit ironic, notion of the "new Schlemiel" garnered from a parody of Blaxploitation film
and the appropriation of Jewish kitsch.
1971: Release of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaftusher in blaxploitation film
Allegedly inspired by an unfinished '80s blaxploitation film
, Gutterfly purports to chronicle the adventures of fearless "ghetto superheroes" in Razorblade City (a.
Lately, it's looked and sounded more like the fusing of the Spice Channel with every bad blaxploitation film
you thought you never would see again.
Staged last month what was once a downtown Manhattan gym, the work is a mad romp through multilayered experiences of oppression and hatred, punctuated by neo-Nazi, Holo-Punch and Judy shows, and a multi-track text that blends scenes from the 1970s blaxploitation film
Mandingo with Abdoh's own brand of "rap" and poetry.
The former blaxploitation film
stunt woman, described as "'the coolest chick you ever want to meet in the 1970s'" and "'Pam Grier as Foxy Brown'," is on a quest to stardom and she'll do whatever it takes to get there - including faking it 'til she makes it.
Graham (who had directed one previous blaxploitation film
, Honky, in 1971), and featuring the only cinematic soundtrack ever composed by Barry White, the film's release was overshadowed by that of other blaxploitation pictures also released that year, such as The Education of Sonny Carson (1974), Foxy Brown (1974), and Sugar Hill (1974).