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Alternately celebrated, reviled and now revered again, the examples of Black American cinema which the early 1970s offered can be complicated by modern readings, but you'll still find a balance of insurrection and mindless fun in this exhaustive season, beginning with the likes of Blacula, Shaft and Mandingo, and climaxing with Melvin Van Peebles's rough-edged and revolutionary Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

From Sat, NFT, London SE1 (0171-928 3232)

The Godfather

Coppola's sombre Mafia epic hits Southampton this week.

From tomorrow, Harbour Lights Cinema (01703 335533)

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

A date movie with a thimbleful of attitude, and Uma Thurman and Ben Chaplin trying to out-pretty each other.

On release