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Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE PARTY OF THE DECADE!

In September 2004, comedian Dave Chappelle threw a block party somewhere in Brooklyn, inviting the people in the neighborhood and a bunch of outstanding artists. The event managed to reunite the members of The Fugees, which is a rather moving experience in the film, but also offers great performances from the stars mentioned below (as well as several others lesser-known). Director Michel Gondry blends footage from the actual party with Chappelle‚Äôs preparations, meeting regular folks and practicing with the artists. He‚Äôs a strength; funny, engaging and a ray of light in every sequence. Gondry manages to keep the various ingredients under control and make the film look like a simple and unpretentious affair, which I’m sure was a challenge for him.

2006-U.S. 103 min. Produced by Dave Chappelle, Mustafa Abuelhija, Julie Fong, Bob Yari. Directed by Michel Gondry. Screenplay: Dave Chappelle. Featuring Dave Chappelle, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Kanye West, The Fugees, John Legend, Dead Prez.

Last word: “[Chappelle] had a relationship with the musicians featured in the concert for a long time before he began putting them on his show. I mean, they kind of started together. He put them on the show, and I think since it became so successful that he wanted to put together a tribute to them. So he was looking for someone to shoot everything, and we found out that we had much in common. The way he had creative control over his show and the way I have creative control over my videos, and other similarities. So I was immediately excited, and obviously the lineup he was proposing for the film was amazing. We worked on it for about six months before we started shooting, but the lineup just kept getting better and better.” (Gondry, Bright Lights Film Journal)

 

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