How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (and Enjoy It) 2007 UNRATED

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Part icon, part iconoclast, Melvin Van Peebles is a filmmaker with a history that's as fascinating as any of his motion pictures.

Starring:
Marva Allen, Emanuel Azenberg
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

How To Eat Your Watermelon In White Company (and Enjoy It)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on April 26, 2008
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The title may give some people the wrong impression of this movie... It is a documentary, once you watch it, you will understand the title. it is about Melvin Van Peebles I just happen to own one of his movies "Watermelon Man" and loved to hear the stories about how that movie was made and about his times in the US and how he was in France became a French writer just to make movies. There is so much more to this movie I can't give it all away. It was inspirational to me. He is a man that doesn't let little things hold him back; I respect that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lamae on June 1, 2010
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I was a bit skeptical when I saw the title, but it's classic Melvin and leave it to the French to tell his story best. It's life come full circle. They helped America see him for the "first" time years ago. I most love Melvin's words (might not get it verbatim) in here: make sure when you win, The Man wins. The most conciliatory I've ever seen in him. Don't get it twisted tho'. The man is still baaaaaad. We love you, Mel!!!
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Very entertaining, often funny biography of the amazing Melvin Van
Peebles, whose life includes writing successful novels in French,
directing hit, uncompromised black films at a time when no one else
was, directing Broadway musicals, and even a turn as a stock trader.

A wild, likable, if hard to figure out man, part genius, part showman
and a touch of a con-artist, he seems (at least in this documentary) to
have mellowed over the years.

Not quite a great film, it's not in-depth enough, and is too openly
enamored and unquestioning of it's subject, but a fun and historically
interesting one. I'll re-visit it.
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I'd become curious Melvin Van Peebles after seeing Baadasssss! This was a great documentary about his way of thinking and how he broke so many barriers. Imperfect and interesting... I get the sense it would have been a pleasure to know him. I'm so pleased to have seen this film.
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By Uncle Buck on July 12, 2014
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Great Documentary.
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