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Showing posts with label 1970. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1970. Show all posts

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Right on! (1970)




























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America's cities were caught up in a whirlwind of social protest, turmoil, and change. And on the hot streets of New York, a trio of young black performers, THE ORIGINAL LAST POETS, were creating a hip new form of guerilla poetry woven of soul, jazz, the blues, and gospel. Plus, something new all their own. 

Words syncopated and comic, crackling and potent, set to the very beat of the streets, the works of the Poets, Gylan Kain, Felip Luciano, and David Nelson, are today being credited as the tap-root of Rap. 

RIGHT ON!, the single film of the 60's to have captured the visionary brilliance of their work brings it all forward, from its award-winning bow at the Cannes Film Festival to the video audience of the '90s. Set on the streets, rooftops, and back-alleys of the Lower East Side, the film presents The Original Last Poets in the full range of performance from whiplash satire and power to tenderness and affirmation.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Sweet Charlie (1970, TV Movie)



















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Storyline
An unmarried pregnant Southern girl, Marlene, (Patty Duke) has run away from home and has taken refuge at an abandon house on the Texas Coast. While dwelling, a black lawyer, Charles (Al Freeman Jr.), who has killed a white man in self-defense and is on the run, has decided to hide in the same abandoned house. Brought together by fate, the two dwellers realize their differences are not so different and an unlikely friends occurs. However, they can not run from their troubled past and the two have to face their truths. Based on the novel by David Westheimer.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970)
















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Storyline
Myrtle Kane and Jeb Thornton meet in the audience of a New Orleans based game show. On Myrtle's initiative, they are chosen as contestants on the show, on the host's assumption that they meet the required contestant profile: being a happy engaged couple. In order to win the special $3,500 cash prize from the show, they have to get married on the air, to which they both agree. The more exuberant Myrtle is the only surviving member of the Mobile Hot Shots, a five piece girls band from the city of the same name. She sees being married to Jeb just the next big adventure in her life. She does however truly begin to believe she loves him, or at least love the thought of being married. 

The outwardly more subdued Jeb wants to use his portion of the money to restore Waverley, his now run down family plantation located on the Mississippi River floodplain in Louisiana, to its former "Confederate" glory. He lives there reluctantly with his biracial half-brother Chicken, who he hates for not being pure to his family, especially for having that black blood. What Jeb eventually tells Myrtle is that he is dying from lung cancer, and that he "had to" sign an agreement with Chicken to deed the plantation to him after his death, which is the last thing he wants to happen. 

Jeb decides to tell Myrtle his ulterior motive for marrying her: to have a baby to produce an heir to inherit the plantation from under Chicken which would supersede the agreement, or barring that - since they probably don't have the time before Jeb will pass - to work together to retrieve and tear up the agreement, either result being that Myrtle can own the plantation following Jeb's death. This backdrop and an imminent flood sets the stage for the disparate threesome's living arrangement, with some still hidden secrets which may bubble to the surface with the rising water.