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(aka "Quadroon: The Black Mandingo" or "Black Agony: The Color of Truth" )

 

directed by Herbert Janneke Jr. and Jack Weis
USA 1972

 

Yankee Caleb (Tim Kincaid) arrives in New Orleans and subsequently loses all of his money to the notorious Cesar Dupree (George Lupo). Rather than accept an offering of charity from his southern cousins, he asks for a teaching job. Since all of the white women are educated in convents, his cousin's Creole husband Antoine (Robert Priest) arranges for Caleb to teach a small class of Quadroon women (light-skinned women destined to be mistresses of Creole men) where he falls in love with the beautiful Coral (Kathrine McKee). Their love can never because of tradition and Coral has attracted the eye of Dupree. In order to win her, Caleb is forced to fight a dual he will surely lose. QUADROON is sensitively written and earnestly performed but quickly becomes hard to take seriously from the first line of dialogue, however, as most of the Creoles sound like they are channeling SNL's Czech Brothers (Lupo is particularly hard to take seriously) upstaging the leads. Kincaid (who later made a career directing B movies and adult films as Joe Gage) and McKee (now in casting and production) are sympathetic leads but the stagey blocking of many scenes lends them an air of cliche rather than theatricality or cinematic scope. Apart from the costumes look good, the low budget is apparent in just about every other aspect including the photography and lighting while the settings vary from authentic-looking to studio flats. The potentially exploitable aspects of the film - including an interracial love scene between Caleb and Coral - are handled more tastefully than the advertising suggests.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: March 1972

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DVD Review: Saturn Productions, Inc. - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution

Saturn Productions, Inc.

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:03
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Saturn Productions, Inc.

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• 30 and 60 second radio spots

DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 25

 

Comments

Part of Saturn Productions' Septic Cinema line (the main menu features a cut-out head of George Lupo's character popping out of an overturned portable toilet), the rarely-seen QUADROON is presented here in an anamorphic, single-layer presentation from a less-than-optimal print source. Green vertical lines occasionally run through scenes and there are other bits of damage. Image softness varies with close-ups faring better. Some night exteriors (including a dual scene) are impenetrable but that is likely a production fault (and probably looked worse in projection).

The credits are framed at 1.70:1 while the feature itself is framed at 1.78:1 and it appears that the film was framed for 1.85:1 matting as the many wide shot, long take scenes are largely unimpeded. The encoding is not progressive and heavy combing is evident. The only extras are a pair of 30 and 60 second radio spots. There is no scene selection menu but the film has been encoded with 25 chapters.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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