Bfi Black Star Season: Car Wash
Turn the volume up and get the soap suds flying: we’re about to have a block party! Car Wash is the classic, zany comedy about the staff and patrons of De Luxe Car Wash. As Roger Ebert describes it, the film is ‘a dizzying, nonstop kaleidoscope of cars, soul music, characters, crises, crazy kids on skateboards, hookers, television preachers and lots of suds and hot wax.’
Featuring a classic disco soundtrack (including the ever-funky title track by Rose Royce), the film is a hilarious snapshot of the care-free seventies. Yet there’s social commentary aplenty, from Abdullah (Bill Duke), the Muslim revolutionary to Lindy, praised by queer cinema historian Vito Russo for its progressive depiction of a black gay man.
Including a knock out cameo from comedy legend Richard Pryor (as a televangelist, ably backed by soul superstars The Pointer Sisters), this is one drive-through you won’t want to miss!
Director: Michael Schultz
Run time: 97 mins
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