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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Blaxploitation Gem 'Dolemite'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 21, 2014 at 12:50PM

Hardboiled! concludes over at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing 1975's "Dolemite," which he describes as "embarrassingly entertaining, 'Dolemite' is like a comic book version of a blaxploitation film."
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'Dolemite'
'Dolemite'

Hardboiled! concludes over at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing 1975's "Dolemite," which he describes as "embarrassingly entertaining, 'Dolemite' is like a comic book version of a blaxploitation film."

Written, produced by and starring the incomparable expletivist “adults only” comedian Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite hits all the lurid cliches of the blaxploitation genre and keeps beating them to a pulp till the audience is too dizzy to do anything but laugh. Moore also takes credit for the film’s set decoration, although perennial second banana D’Urville Martin directs. The late Rudy has his own website here. Larry Karaszewski’s take on the sequel The Human Tornado can be seen here

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.