Brian Freeman as Lee. Irene Dunye as Mrs. Cheryl Clarke as Shirley. November 9, Full Review…. January 19, Rating: November 7, Rating: April 21, Rating: October 31, Rating: View All Critic Reviews 9. View All Audience Reviews. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. Best of Netflix Movies and shows to binge now. Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act.
The film intercuts footage of Hemphill A black and white, fantasy-like recreation of high-society gay men during the Harlem Renaissance, with archival footage and photographs intercut with a story. A wake is going on, with A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Sara, a cold college professor, and her husband, an ecstatic painter, spend a summer away from the city, straining their rocky relationship.
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As she's discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who's also White. The affair strains Cheryl's friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl and us, her audience to new realizations. The movie centers around a young African-American lesbian,who is researching a old time actress nicknamed"The Watermelon Womam"who is very similar to her.
This is a good film documentary. Dunn does a good job filming the movie along with making it work with the cast. This movie doesn't come up short to me,and serves its purpose. The director challengers both race and sexuality makes this film more remarkable. Dealing with the fact that she is having a relationship that is straining her friendship because of race. The director takes us into her point of view. Her way of thinking. And most of all,her life.
Also learning about a woman who like her,had a inter race relationship,and who also was an actor. Start your free trial. To learn more about Amazon Sponsored Products, click here. Cheryl Dunye's debut feature is as controversial as it is sexy and funny.
Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 's. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards known populary as "the Watermelon Woman" had a white lesbian lover.
At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store Guinevere Turner from Go Fish. Such are the complexities of race and sex in this startlingly fresh debut, which has been attacked by conservative Congressmen for having been funded by the NEA and lavishingly praised in the editorial pages for being charming and courageous.
Cheryl Dunye has transcended the usual pitfalls that pockmark most lesbian-themed movies: The Watermelon Woman is more a cultural document, addressing speculative sociological gay history themes with an interesting and engaging cover story about a video store clerk named Cheryl played by Dunye who, in her research for a movie, comes across an old-time black actress simply called "the watermelon woman" and becomes obsessed with her persona.
In the process, Cheryl finds herself embroiled in a relationship that parallels that of her icon. What makes The Watermelon Woman special is its layered story line and its willingness to present its characters as comically flawed.
Dunye also creates an aura of mystique around the enigmatic watermelon woman, and her life and tribulations become fascinating to the viewer. Even Camille Paglia shows up to make commentary about the "actress," and while the story-within-a-story concept is tricky, the power and purpose of the movie emerges, and the character becomes as fascinating as if she were flesh and blood.
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Mar 05, · The Watermelon Woman was a revelation back in and it is -- shame on us -- perhaps even more to-the-point today. Seated by myself at the Film Forum here in NYC, , a gay non-Black guy, I was expecting a variation on the Melvin Van Peebles satire from the early seventies, The Watermelon Man/10().
Cheryl is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 's. Cheryl is %.
The Watermelon Woman is more a cultural document, addressing speculative sociological gay history themes with an interesting and engaging cover story about a video store clerk named Cheryl (played by Dunye) who, in her research for a movie, comes across an old-time black actress simply called "the watermelon woman" and /5(28). Sep 27, · When I first started in independent film distribution in the late s, the Watermelon Woman was a perennial best-seller, being the 4/5().
Cheryl is a young, black lesbian making a documentary about Fae Richards, a 's film actress popularly known as "The Watermelon Woman." During her research, Cheryl begins an interracial love affair and finds parallels between Fae's life and her own. The Watermelon Woman - watch online: streaming, buy or rent Currently you are able to watch "The Watermelon Woman" streaming on Fandor, Kanopy, FilmStruck. It is also possible to buy "The Watermelon Woman" on Vudu .