by tully
February 15, 2007 5:21 AM
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In the second half of the 20th Century, I would argue that there isn't an individual with a more impressive resume than Melvin Van Peebles. You name it, the man has done it. Author. Filmmaker. Musician. Talk Show Host. Broadway Showman. Stock Broker. Sexual Deal Sealer. Seriously, name it. He's done it. Name something else. He's done that too. Yes, that too. Uh-huh. Yep. That too.

Which brings us to IFC tonight (February 15th). At 9pm, Joe Angio's thoroughly entertaining portrait of this modern Renaissance man makes its television debut. Even if you think you're familiar with Melvin Van Peebles, I guarantee you there's something in this documentary that you will learn for the first time. And if you aren't aware of his place in the cultural canon, HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT) is a must-see.

Edited by the brilliant Jane Rizzo (SILVER JEW, the documentary footage in GREAT WORLD OF SOUND), the film covers a ton of ground without feeling too clipped or rushed. And when you're dealing with someone like Melvin, whose past exploits deserve their own mini-series, that's no small feat.

So if you're home tonight, WATCH IT! Also, be sure to visit the film's MySpace page and official website, which are both spilling over with multimedia goodness.


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  • sujewa | February 15, 2007 11:27 AMReply

    Hey Mike,

    Did you get my recent e-mail re: Ping Pong Summer? Thanks.

    - Sujewa

  • Mark Rabinowitz | February 15, 2007 9:23 AMReply

    I saw this a couple of years ago and I thoroughly concur. It's a great deal of fun and it caused me to have the same reaction about Melvin as Mr. Mike, here. Wait for the bit about the watermellon spray and tell me you don't laugh out loud!