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  • Summary: A chronological collage of Melvin Van Peebles, a beyond-Renaissance man. (Film Forum)
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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Lively interviews from a wide range of people, a wealth of excerpted footage stretching over decades, and a story packed with legend are served up by helmer Joe Angio with a verve mirroring the restless creativity of the film's subject.
  2. 80
    A loving tribute to one of the strangest and most enjoyable figures to emerge from American pop culture in its entire history.
  3. Reviewed by: Greg Bellavia
    80
    If anything, one wishes the film would have spent even more time with Peebles in his personal life.
  4. The film chronicles an astonishing career...Mr. Van Peebles is that rarest of modern creatures: a free man.
  5. Melvin Van Peebles gets the idolatrous treatment in this documentary by first-time director Joe Angio that traces his subject's career as San Francisco cable-car conductor, rap pioneer, filmmaker, Broadway producer, stockbroker, and all-around womanizer.
  6. 67
    Angio captures the outlandish twists and turns of Van Peebles' life with humor, color, and a welcome lightness of touch.
  7. 63
    Though the film verges on hagiography, Angio unearthed a treasure trove of fascinating clips, from the bored-looking writer-director leafing through his program at the 1971 Tony Awards.

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