Melvin Van Peebles, regista pionieristico e campione di cinema nero, è morto

Melvin Van Peebles, un regista afroamericano pionieristico che ha contribuito a sostenere una nuova ondata di cinema nero moderno negli anni '70, è morto, suo figlio ha annunciato mercoledì. È stato 89.

Van Peebles, father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles, died at his home on Tuesday night, according to a statement shared on social media.
“Papà sapeva che le immagini nere contano. Se un'immagine vale più di mille parole, quanto valeva un film?? Vogliamo essere il successo che vediamo, thus we need to see ourselves being free,” Mario Van Peebles said of his father’s work in a statement. “True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.
    Melvin Van Peebles’ numerous film credits includeWatermelon Man” e “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.
      He also was an accomplished author, playwright and an advocate for independent filmmakers.
        Suo figlio, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films celebrated his contributions to the arts in a statement.
        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,” la dichiarazione letta.
          His work continues to be essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with a 50th anniversary screening of his landmark film ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’; a Criterion Collection box set, Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films, next week; and a revival of his play ‘Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death,’ slated for a return to Broadway next year.
          Van Peebles was remembered in tributes Wednesday.
            Moonlightdirector Barry Jenkins shared a memory of the last time the two filmmakers were together.
            He made the most of every second, of EVERY single damn frame and admittedly, while the last time I spent any time with him was MANY years ago, it was a night in which he absolutely danced his face off,” Jenkins wrote in a tweet. “The man just absolutely LIVED.

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