Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones. (c) Official Site

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  • [Dierctor Jorge] Hinojosa does a good job of showing Iceberg's humanity without glossing over the viciousness of his chosen profession.

    Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/5
  • The film succeeds as an introduction to Beck the writer but is undercut by its lack of gritty details.

    Jul 18, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is weighed down by the testimony of bespectacled professors from hip critical studies and English departments and a psychologist, who describe Mr. Beck's biography without the punch and lyricism of his prose.

    Jul 18, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp ...

    Jul 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Beck's widow, his ex-wife and three daughters paint the man as someone whose success only complicated his life, estranging him from his family and eventually saddling him with crippling inertia.

    Jul 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Sam Adams

    Time Out
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  • Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.

    Jul 12, 2013 | Full Review…

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