The Watermelon Woman

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A young black lesbian filmmaker probes into the life of The Watermelon Woman, a 1930s black actress who played 'mammy' archetypes.

Cast

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • Guinevere Turner
  • Valarie Walker
  • Lisa Marie Bronson
  • Toshi Reagon
  • Camille Paglia

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Metacritic

78

Dunye's film is smart, sexy (the interracial lesbian lovemaking scene prompted an infamous little ruckus over at the NEA a while back), funny, historically aware, and stunningly contemporary.

Metacritic review by Marjorie Baumgarten
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
80

That it succeeds in being both stimulating and funny is a testament to the talent and open-heartedness of Ms. Dunye, who wrote and directed the movie and is its star.

Metacritic review by Stephen Holden
Stephen Holden
The New York Times