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Peebles launches 'blaxploitation opera'

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An opera of influential film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is to open this week, made by the film's African-American film director Melvin Van Peebles. The movie brought the black man's fight against white authority to the big screen and went onto influence the so-called black exploitation films of the 1970s. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge spoke to Mr Van Peebles about the new opera.

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