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One Bad Cat
One Bad Cat is about the transformative role art plays in the tumultuous life of 82 year-old, African-American, renowned outsider artist Reverend Albert Wagner. He has been a lightening rod for controversy his entire life. Racism, ego and lust led him to the brink of ruin. Miraculously turned onto religion at age 50, he was inspired by God to paint, and become a famous artist for a mostly White clientele. From a racist Southern upbringing, in his later years his artwork railed against the lifestyles of members of the African- American community, which created as many detractors as champions. Near the film's conclusion, an ailing Albert comes to terms with his checkered past. Was Albert's penitence real and did he achieve redemption through his art?
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And he needed saving. Albert Wagner did some awful, terrible things in his life. Subsequently, his art is raw and truthful; a purging of his soul. The many lines found in his work are like road maps to a spiritual awakening. His ideas are often controversial, but even those are thoughtfully handled throughout the film.
Other interesting quotes from this great documentary of American history:
"The walk to school was long. Me, my brothers and the other Black sharecroppers children had to cross obstacles to get there."
"Was I anybody? Am I anybody? Will I ever be anybody?"
"...at the time I was having kids, They didn't have birth control pills...If it did, I'd a been a junkie right now."
(Magnolia Wagner, the Reverend's wife who had 16 of his 20 children)
"Aint nobody on Earth responsible for your soul but yourself. That's what my work is about."
"...God started to guide my hand to paint. I had to leave my sinful ways behind and begin anew. It was time for me to go forth. Time to show my true self."
"I feel that God has forgiven me for all of my sins."