Re: Academics: Film Sweet Sweetback's...

Chris Lewis (clewis@american.edu)
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 11:00:22 -0800 (PST)

I sent a reply to Melisa and inadvertently sent it only to her but I
want to add something about Sweet Sweetback's Baadaaass Song that may
have motivated Melisa to raise the question.

At the start of the film, Melvin Van Peebles's son, Mario (as the young
soon-to-be-nicknamed Sweet Sweetback), is somewhat graphically
raped/seduced by an older woman. Unlike in the case of the Tin Drum,
Mario was not an adult playing a child, he WAS a child. I think this
film, though available in many library collections, could very possibly
face problems in regard to current child pornography laws, regardless of
what category of library it is in.

Chris Lewis
American U