United States, 1970-1979
Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made specifically (and perhaps exclusively) for an audience of urban black people; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation.”
Blaxploitation films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music.
These films starred primarily black actors.
Variety magazine credited “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” with the invention of the blaxploitation genre. Others argue that the Hollywood-financed film “Shaft” is closer to being blaxploitation, and thus is more likely to have begun the genre.
MAIN WORKS OF BLAXPLOITATION
In chronological order from the earliest.