Oct 19, 2005

Space is the Place (1974)

Tonight we saw the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Lula Lounge, now being led by Marshall Allen. Even though Sun Ra left this planet years ago, it is nice to see this band carrying on the tradition- it was a phenomenal concert. Thus, it's only fitting that tonight's feature is this whacked-out space opera featuring Sun Ra landing on Earth to free the black population. Equal parts Sun Ra autobiography, blaxploitation vehicle and civil rights anecdote, this movie obviously isn't for everyone, with its gritty footage of the Arkestra playing full blast, LSD-drenched visuals and overplaying, but it's a memorable hour to be sure.

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