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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bamboozled (2000)











Starring:

  • Damon Wayans
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Savion Glover
  • Tommy Davidson
  • Michael Rapaport
  • Thomas Jefferson Byrd
  • Paul Mooney
  • Susan Batson
  • Mos Def
  • Sarah Jones
  • Gillian Iliana Waters

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Spike Lee aims for controversy once again as he criticizes Hollywood's portrayal of African-Americans as well as pointing the finger at the black community's complicity in the process. Fed-up black writer Pierre Delacroix (Wayans) comes up with a series idea for a fledgling TV network as a form of protest--a modern day minstrel show complete with performers in burnt cork blackface. Fully expecting the show to fail, he hires struggling street performers Manray (Glover) and Womack (Davidson), changing their names to Mantan and Sleep 'N Eat (a reference to '30s and '40s black actors Mantan Moreland and Stepin Fetchit). The show becomes a surprise hit but also riles a militant black group, resulting in chaos in the lives of Delacroix and his assistant Sloan (Pinkett). The feel of the movie sways toward melodrama halfway through, but the wry observations of the artistic treatment of AfricanAmericans ring eerily true. Don't say it couldn't happen these days.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend this one. It's a strike of genius. Words cannot express the profound message and criticism to society. Everybody should see it. It should be shown at schools.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of your blog and appreciate all the work you do. I was wondering if there were any way possible that you could repost the movie Bamboozled by Spike Lee. I originally saw it when it came out and even owned the DVD, but due to a fire lost the copy. It's a very hard film to find ( Netflix, cable, etc.) due to it's content that most people are turned off by without watching it throughout, but it is STILL in my opinion one of the best movies created since 2000, as well as my favorite of all Spike's films. If it's too much of a hassle I appreciate the effort, but I really would be thankful for a repost. Thanks for listening and keep up the good work!!

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