American Pimp (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Urban auteur filmmakers, the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) hitthe mean streets with an "incredibly entertaining and charismatic" (Shout) expose on real-life pimps. A "snappy, stylish documentary" (The New York Post) containing "blunt, raw power and stylistic energy" (The Hollywood Reporter), American Pimp is "a primer on pimp craftand culture" (Shout) that takes you into the shadowy world of prostitution, "putting on the screen everything you ever wanted to know about pimps" (Nuart). Cutting straight to the heart of the world's oldest profession, this intimate portrait of infamous "mack-daddies" like Filmore Slim, C-Note, Gorgeous Dre and Rosebudd is eye-opening and shocking. From the dirty streets of New York, L.A. and San Francisco to the "Player's Ball" in Milwaukee, you'll walk the boulevard ofbroken dreams and hear every heart-wrenching story and hilarious anecdote. It's an exclusive ride you've never experiencedand won't soon forget.
There's a fascinating film to be made about the pimp culture and the myth of the outlaw sexual entrepreneur. American Pimp, a slick and entertaining but rather timid documentary by filmmaking brother act Allen and Albert Hughes (Menace 2 Society, Dead Presidents) isn't quite it, but it's a captivating document nonetheless. Flashy, garrulous real-life characters with names like Charm, Rosebudd, Too $hort, C-Note, and the "internationally known" Bishop Don Magic Juan take over their interviews with silver-tongued charm, spinning self-aggrandizing, often contradictory stories of life in the trade. The Hughes never challenge those contradictions and give only token representation to the women in the life (who have either bought into the myth or are too cowed to say differently). Apart from a few unguarded statements by less cagey subjects, the film avoids the seedy flip side to the so-called benevolent relationship between pimp and "ho." More to the Hughes' point is the fluid relationship between media image (as celebrated in such blaxploitation classics such as The Mack and Willie Dynamite) and street image. Simultaneously embracing and decrying their outlaw status, these pimps transform themselves into peacocklike fashion statements inspired by the very images they find so denigrating. They are undeniably dynamic characters playing out a bizarre fantasy of wealth, power, and swaggering sexuality, but if the film shows the cracks in their masks, it never manages to reveal the men under the money or expose the fallacy behind the fantasy. --Sean Axmaker
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I was pretty [upset] at these guy's attitudes towards women, to say the least. I would hope that W.E.B. Dubois, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglas, Booker T Washington, Martin Luther King, etc., would serve as standards. Not these [folks]. ...
Most of the time,those type of documentaries are filmed from the point of view of the pimp not the prostitutes.
Hence,this documentary from one of my favorite directors,Allen
& Albert Hughes entitled "American Pimp".
"American Pimp" is both fasanating and disturbing.Showcasing years worth of famous pimps.From the well-known Bishop Don Magic Juan(glamourized by rappers such as Ice-T,Snoop Dogg,
Jay-Z,and Ludacris) and Too $hort to lesser knowns such as Charm and Rosebudd.
I found Bishop Don Magic Juan the most intresting pimp because
he seemed proud of his success.He even compares his wealth(courtsey of pimping) as "The American Dream".Which is a VERY intresting view.I also found it intresting when his mother and sister were featured and they were proud of his success as well.
Juan-like the other pimps featured-has a strange mix of charm,wit,self-assureness of dubious effects.You know that these men aren't to be exactly idolized yet they're charming and somewhat likeable.
Also noteworthy was the montage of the mainstream media's images of pimps.A lot of which borders on the offensive.
Blaxplotation films such as "Willie Dynamite","Superfly",and
"The Mack" glorified pimping.And rap artists have always adopted pimp tatics in their music and/or image to be cool.
Again,this is eyebrow raising stuff.
The Hughes Brothers pulled off this documentary well,I must say.
They didn't rely on tired sterotypes or cartoonish protrayals.
Altough I would've liked to have seen more commentary from the female/prostitute's prespective,"American Pimp" is a very intresting documentary that can't be missed.
was and i was enlightened...the most disturbing was the fact that
these guys go to shelters to pick up women and the haunting tales of the prostitutes who go on a date/turn a trick with a john or johns and never come back alive...that made me think of the woman's family...a woman has to be very, very weak to give into this slavery...if you chose to be a prostitute...why not be
your own pimp? these clowns/pimps who claim the women need them
for protection...hmmmph what about the 'protection' they provided to their fallen, murdered 'hos' or is it hoes? this movie certainly did not glamorize the profession and no matter
how great the pimps tried to make it sound...some of went and told the truth/downside and i mean downside of the profession...i don't know it was hard to get through this one...
i was curious...now i know...
Most recent customer reviews
I watched this movie on BET and was compelled to get it because I wanted to see what they couldn't show on TV. It is a very good documentary despite the subject matter. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
American Pimp is as good as I thought it would be, maybe better. I found it really educational(no joke), and afterwards, I felt like I learned more from than that than I ever had... Read morePublished on May 13 2004
In the 1800's, the Chinese put their women in the brothels to help make it in America. The Chinese men or the "pimps" called
themselves the TONG. Read more
This documentary is just that. A documentary, and it is very enlightening movie. I recommend that you watch the interview of the Hughes brothers before and after viewing the film. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004
The underworld of the PIMP and prostitute is exposed in this interesting tale of the seedy side of sex. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by David Lipkins
I love this movie. I really do believe it accurately depicts the mind set of Pimps. The majority of these pimps are slick talking, outrageously dressed men who use vunerable... Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2002
opens your eyes to traps that young women of every color are falling into everyday. Love the women in your families if you dont i know several persons from this movie that would... Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by aaron sherwood
This is worth checking out from player to player Pimp to pimp
i'm waiting for a follow up!
The hughes Bro. let you be the judge. Only set backs were the
misc. Read more
What more could you ask for, besides checking a big bankroll, ya dig. A mane, sqaures beware, do not enter; ok. Its the real deal about pimping, ya hear me. Don't play wit that. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2002 by Bennie Ray III