Hollywood has been given a black eye as “Straight Outta Compton’ collects over $110 million at the boxoffice in less than two weeks becoming the unsung hero of summer 2015.
The making of and getting ‘Straight Outta Compton’ into cinemaplexes around the United States is reminiscent of 1976. Last week, TVOne’s brilliant docu-series ‘Usung Hollywood’ presented the back story on the groundbreaking film ‘Car Wash.’ Today ‘Car Wash’ is a cult classic film throughout the American landscape; however, as the story goes, Hollywood suits at the time, 1976, claimed not know how to market the film, unfold the story, cast the actors, edit the final film or deal with the movie. “It’s a black film!, Hollywood players declared.
At Cannes, the Jury wanted to award ‘Car Wash’ its highest honor, the Palme d’Or; however, the two American jurors strictly forbid this. In retaliation and fully recognizing its importance and true value, the other jurors created two special awards for ‘Car Wash’ recognizing its importance to international cinema, when the Americans were reluctantly to see the bigger picture and the future of global filmmaking.
It is unfortunate Hollywoodteurs continue do not want to understand, see, proper and create a rich legacy from inclusive cinema. Like ‘Car Wash,’ through ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Hollywood has another opportunity to change, update, and modernize the rules of its way too exclusive game.