Foxy Brown - Special Edition Blu-ray Review

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What, you mean there was a white Godfather of Blaxploitation?!

Many probably regard Melvin Van Peebles (Mario Van Peebles' father) as being the godfather of Blaxploitation movies, particularly those with political overtones. Ironically, director Jack Hill - who was not African-American - made arguably an even bigger impact with his seventies foray into the incongruously-titled (after all, who exactly was being exploited? Black actors populated these films in dominant roles where it was generally the White characters who were evil, and thus suffered painful deaths) sub-genre. He'd already made headways into the exploitation field with a series of women-in-prison features, two of which marked the debut of actress Pam Grier, and he would go on to bring her superstar status with his swing into Blaxploitation.

Although Grier will probably always be best remembered for 1974's Foxy Brown (or Tarantino's 1997 homage Jackie Brown),...

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