Black Mama, White Mama – 1973 – boobies and prison
There are so many movies, so little time. With that said I can also confess that I didn’t see Black Mama, White Mama prior to this. It was my first experience with it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any films with Pam Grier before. I might be wrong of course since my memory isn’t was it used to be. But it doesn’t matter anyway. Black Mama, White Mama remains a cult classic regardless if I’ve seen it before or not.
To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from the film. I hadn’t done any research at all and all I knew what the rumors of my memory told me about it. That’s just a fancy way of saying that I heard about it in the past but everything I knew was what others have told me about it. It’s a WIP (Women in Prison) of sorts, but not for long since there is a break out from the prison/labor camp. WIP has certain characteristics. Shower scenes and boobies are two of them and yes… this movie includes both of them. We also have the element of the perverted warden. Well, I don’t really know if she is the warden or not. But she spy’s on the women in the shower and seems to masturbate during the process.
As in all prison movies there’s antagonism between prisoners. In this case between a black woman and a white woman, hence the title of the movie. I don’t know how the racial debate were at the time but it’s obvious that these two women look at the world from different eyes. They get into a fight and is put in a punishment cell. A really hot cell chained to each other. This is the prelude to the story. Once they escape they’re still chained to each other and must learn to cooperate. Eventually they develop a friendship as they learn to know each other. I don’t know if this is an intentional morality of the story but it works.
That’s about it so the story itself isn’t that deep. But as so many other pictured out there, the form is more important than the content. The women are dressed in very sexualized clothes most of the time. Just a blouse and panties. At one time they’re dressed up as nuns but still looks just as sexy. I can imagine that some people will find a movie like this boring and too low paced but I liked it and the “feel” of is is just so relaxed that you can’t help but keep looking. Without wiping of the stupid smile form your face I might add.