Seen at the Movies: Baadasssss! is Mario Van Peebles’ dramatized chronicle of father Melvin’s shooting of breakthrough 1971 Afro-American feature Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. The younger Van Peebles’ film is a lot more entertaining than I expected, given his directorial track record on trashy movies like New Jack City. Given his obviously low budget, he reproduces the look and feel of the period to a remarkable degree, perhaps because he was there (he appeared in Sweetback as the ...

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