Spike Lee's America

ISBN-10: 0745651828
ISBN-13: 9780745651828
Edition: 2013
Authors: David Sterritt
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Description: Spike Lee has directed, written, produced, and acted in dozens of films that present an expansive, nuanced, proudly opinionated, richly multifaceted portrait of American society. As the only African–American filmmaker ever to establish a world–class  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 12/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Spike Lee has directed, written, produced, and acted in dozens of films that present an expansive, nuanced, proudly opinionated, richly multifaceted portrait of American society. As the only African–American filmmaker ever to establish a world–class career, Lee has paid acute attention to the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. But white men and women also play important roles in his movies, and his interest in class, race, and urban life hasn’t prevented his films from ranging over broad swaths of the American scene in stories as diverse as the audiences who view them. His defining trait is a willingness to raise hard questions about contemporary America without pretending to have easy answers; his pictures are designed to challenge and provoke us, not ease our minds or pacify our emotions. The opening words of his 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing present his core message in two emphatic syllables: “Wake up!”Spike Lee’s America is a vibrant and provocative engagement not only with the work of a great filmmaker, but also with American society and politics.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Challenging Questions, No Easy Answers
The Early Joints
The Right Thing and the Love Supreme
Deeper into Politics
Brownstones in the Nabe, Projects in the Hood
Women and Men, Blacks and Whites
Crime, War, Miracles
Epilogue: Expanding Horizons
Notes
Filmography
References
Index

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