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Spike Lee Interviews

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ISBN-10: 1578064708

ISBN-13: 9781578064700

Edition: 2002

Authors: Spike Lee, Cynthia Fuchs

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 5/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Directing, writing, and starring in his own films, as did Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles before him, Lee has arguably had almost as profound an influence on American filmmaking as his predecessors, although in very different ways. In his own words, he is good at "marketing," and what he has marketed is a highly politicized African American cinema that is also commercially viable. Many critics credit Lee with paving the way for a new wave of mass-market yet socially conscious filmmakers, including John Singleton, Charles Lane, and Carl Franklin. The eldest of six children, Lee was educated first at Morehouse College and then at New York University's film school. His first feature release, She's Gotta Have It (1986), won the Prix de Jeunesse at Cannes and was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful in the United States. Lee went on to make School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), a technically sophisticated film that addressed racism in a complex and controversial fashion. The film constructs a narrative that leaves it to the viewer to decide whether its protagonist, Mookie, has done the right thing when he responds to the death of one of his friends at the hands of the police by throwing a trash can through the window of his employer, who had called the police in the first place. Because a riot ensues, many (white) critics argued that the film celebrated violence, and the press suggested that it would incite black spectators to riot (it did not). Other critics suggested that Mookie actually defuses a riot, by directing the community's anger toward property and away from the police. Two years later, Lee tackled the subject of interracial relationships in another hotly debated film, Jungle Fever (1991), which some saw as preachy and sexist and others praised as bold and complex. However, his most recent and ambitious film, Malcolm X (1992), has been almost universally acclaimed. Lee has published a companion text for each film that includes biographies of all of the principals, essays on such topics as guerilla filmmaking, production stills, details of salaries and finances, excerpts from his journal or production notes, and the script. These materials demystify production, advertise the talents of the people who work for him, and promote his political positions, particularly his commitment to black entrepreneurship and cultural self-expression.

Introduction
Chronology
Filmography
Lee Way
Spike Lee's Bed-Stuy BBQ
He's Gotta Have It: An Interview with Spike Lee
Spike Lee: The Playboy Interview
Our Film Is Only a Starting Point: An Interview with Spike Lee
Doing the Job
Interview with Spike Lee
Between "Rock" and a Hard Place
Spike Speaks
Interview with Spike Lee
The Demystification of Spike Lee
An Interview with Spike Lee, Director of 4 Little Girls
Hoops to Conquer
Big Words: An Interview with Spike Lee
Spike Lee's Seventies Flashback
Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee
Summer of Sam: An Interview with Spike Lee
By Any Means Necessary: Spike Lee on Video's Viability
Spike's Minstrel Show
Black like Spike
Interview with Spike Lee
Thinking about the Power of Images: An Interview with Spike Lee
Index