Melvin Van Peebles, icono del cine negro, muerto en 89

“Papá sabía que las imágenes negras importan,” his son Mario Van Peebles dijo en un comunicado released by Criterion. “Si una imagen vale más que mil palabras, lo que valía una película? Queremos ser el éxito que vemos, thus we need to see ourselves being free. True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.

Melvin was known for directing productions such as the 1971 indie classicSweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” “The Story of a Three-Day Pass,” “Watermelon Man” y “Don’t Play Us Cheap.

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Sweet Sweetbackis going to be played at the New York Film Festival later this week for its 50th anniversary.

In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” the Criterion Collection added.

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The father/son duo worked together for the 1989 película “Identity Crisis.Melvin directed while Mario wrote and starred as a rapper possessed by a dead fashion mogul.

Melvin appeared in his son’s 1993 película “Posse,” as well as in Mario’s dramaPanther,” writing the script adaption from his own novel.

Melvin Van Peebles and son Mario Van Peebles are seen during the 14th Annual Gotham Awards in New York City, Nueva York.

Melvin Van Peebles and son Mario Van Peebles are seen during the 14th Annual Gotham Awards in New York City, Nueva York. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Mario directed the filmBaadassss!” en 2003; it served as both a documentary and an homage to his father’s iconic film.

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Melvin was married to actress Maria Marx in the 1950s. The marriage ended in divorce, but they shared daughter Megan Van Peebles and son Max Van Peebles.

He was born in Chicago and attended Ohio Wesleyan University. He earned a degree in literature and also served in the Air Force in his younger years.

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