Melvin Van Peebles – American Film Institute
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Film Still - Melvin Van Peebles

SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG (1971) – AFI Movie Club

Director, actor, screenwriter, editor, composer and producer Melvin Van Peebles is perhaps best known for today’s film, the iconic SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAAD ASSSSS SONG (1971) – a watershed effort that heralded a new era of outspoken Black cinema upon its release. This landmark independent production from – which Van Peebles funded privately – spoke unvarnished...
The Story of a Three Day Pass Film Still - Harry Baird and Nicole Berger

AFI Movie Club Rewind: THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on June 11, 2021. Based on writer/director Melvin Van Peebles’ French-language novel “La Permission,” THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS follows a whirlwind romance between a Black U.S. Army soldier (Harry Baird) and a white French shop clerk (Nicole Berger).  Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to...
Watermelon Man Film Still - Godfrey Cambridge

AFI Movie Club: WATERMELON MAN

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, WATERMELON MAN (1970) stars Godfrey Cambridge and Estelle Parsons. Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream WATERMELON MAN WATERMELON MAN - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE CLUB AFI Movie Club is a global, virtual gathering of film fans who love movies, exploring new finds and old...
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Film Still - Melvin Van Peebles

AFI Movie Club: SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG

Director, actor, screenwriter, editor, composer and producer Melvin Van Peebles is perhaps best known for today’s film, the iconic SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG - Reelgood GET THE LATEST FROM AFI MOVIE...
The Story of a Three Day Pass Film Still - Harry Baird and Nicole Berger

AFI Movie Club: THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS

Based on writer/director Melvin Van Peebles’ French-language novel “La Permission,” THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS follows a whirlwind romance between a Black U.S. Army soldier (Harry Baird) and a white French shop clerk (Nicole Berger).  Close Close Close Close HOW TO WATCH Where to stream THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS...
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