Iconic filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles Died at the age of 89
According to Hollywood Reporter, Father of Van Peebles Mario van Xhosa, Died on the evening of September 21 and was surrounded by family.
“In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin van Peebles has left an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” said Criteria Collection and Janus Films in a statement.
The statement continued, “His work has become essential and is being celebrated at the New York Film Festival this weekend with the screening of the 50th anniversary of his landmark film. Badassssss song of sweet sweetback; A Criteria Collection Box Set, Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Movies Next Week; And the revival of his drama A normal death is not supposed to die, Scheduled to return to Broadway next year.
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Born in Chicago, Pebbles’ groundbreaking film was 1971 Badassssss song of sweet sweetback, Which is as much a feat as the first Blaxploitation shake. The movie was a labor of love for Melvin Van Peebles, who wrote, produced, directed and starred (including his son Mario Van Peebles) in the comedy. Bill Kasby He even gave her a loan to complete the project, which went on to earn a place in the history of black cinema.
Our condolences to the family, friends and supporters of Melvin Van Peebles.