FINALLY someone has come to take Len's side on the Sweetback debate, we evoke the name of Anika None Rose in context with a certain godly mutant and we save time to review another one of our namesake's films, this time 1932's TEN MINUTES TO LIVE.
The Missionaries gather on one side of the Sweetback debate but our host is unswayed by the groundswell nor the lost recording in his mission to review Claudette Colbert and Fredi Washington in the original (superior?) IMITATION OF LIFE.
Return with us to the 1930s, when the independent spirit of creativity shown itself in the 'race films' that played theaters in Negro parts of town and in the hoofers, clowns and saucy sirens that populated those cheap celluloid fare. But whispering from below the musical numbers and paper-thin mob tale of PARADISE IN HARLEM is a commentary on black lives and a time capsule of forgotten talent.