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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Throwback Heaven

I am LOVIN' TV One right now. In my opinion, they are much more relevant on what the black community wants to see than BET. One of the things I like best about them is their "Throwback Theatre" which features black film from the 30's to the present, some of them rarely seen.

Today they are showing "Uptown Saturday Night", "Let's Do It Again" (both with Sidney Poiter and Bill Cosby), as well as the mecca of black exploitation flicks "Superfly".

Most film lovers have seen these films, but what I want to comment on is the amazing soundtracks of these and other black 70's films. Can you imagine "Superfly" or "Claudine" or even "The Mack" without the music? Not even half as memorable. So if you get a chance to check out these films this weekend, pay close attention to the genius music by Curtis Mayfield and others. TV One's website is Represent!


Mrs. Grapevine said...

You have to mention Sparkle because it's the best movie ever. I have seen it at least 200x's and can't imagine my life without it.

The soundtrack was Envogue's entire second album.

Invisible Woman said...

I was going to mention Sparkle, but that movie was essentially a soundtrack with a little bit of acting thrown in :-) Don't get me wrong, it is also one of my very faves, but if you leave out the music, you have about a 15 minute film, lol.

Keli said...

You are so on point...the soundtracks were key the the films of this period. And Curtis Mayfield...Genuis indeed. I think that black intellectuals tend to shun these films, but I feel they are relevent to our culture...our history.

Invisible Woman said...

I know what you mean, but a lot of the films involved the black intellectuals of their day. Despite Bill Cosby's present day shenanigans, he and Sidney have always been considered highly intelligent. Gordon Parks, who directed Superfly, was a novelist, the first black photographer for Life magazine, musically scored films, the list goes on.

Mrs. Grapevine said...

True, I seem to love movies with great soundtracks. My husband and friends all hate Sparkle because they think it's too dark and too cheaply made.

Aaliyah along with Whitney Houston's production company was suppose to remake it some years back [obviously] but tragedy struck and now I don't think Whitney has a production company.

Invisible Woman said...

I read about that Sparkle remake, too. I hope somebody else picks it up....I'm sure they will, hopefully before someone makes a big screen remake on "Different Strokes".