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Spike Lee: Interviews

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Since his first feature movie, She's Gotta Have It (1986), gave him critical and commercial success, Spike Lee has challenged audiences with one controversial film after another, sparking debates about race, sex, American politics and film production, and garnering award nominations along the way.

Spike Lee: Interviews collects the best interviews and profiles of America's most prominent African American filmmaker. The collection features ...

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Overview

Since his first feature movie, She's Gotta Have It (1986), gave him critical and commercial success, Spike Lee has challenged audiences with one controversial film after another, sparking debates about race, sex, American politics and film production, and garnering award nominations along the way.

Spike Lee: Interviews collects the best interviews and profiles of America's most prominent African American filmmaker. The collection features interviews with such luminaries as Charlie Rose, Elvis Mitchell, Michael Sragow, and actor Delroy Lindo.

Lee has made a broad range of movies, including documentaries (4 Little Girls), musicals (School Daze), crime dramas (Clockers), biopics (Malcolm X). An early advocate of digital video, he used the technology to film both of his 2000 releases, The Original Kings of Comedy and Bamboozled.

Reactions to Do the Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1990) propelled Lee into a constant presence in the public eye as media currency. He directed commercials for Nike, Levi's, and the U.S. Navy, directed music videos, published seven books, and conducted many interviews explaining and clarifying his views. As Lee puts it, "I've been blessed with the opportunity to express the views of black people who otherwise don't have access to power and media. I have to take advantage of that while I'm still bankable."

Articulate and deeply passionate, Lee reveals a degree of subtlety and wit that is often lost in sound bites and headlines about him. The range of his interests is as diverse as the subjects of, and approaches to, his films.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578064700
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/8/2002
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 539,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Fuchs, an associate professor of English at George Mason University, writes film and media reviews for the Philadelphia City Paper and Addicted to Noise.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Filmography
Lee Way 3
Spike Lee's Bed-Stuy BBQ 13
He's Gotta Have It: An Interview with Spike Lee 25
Spike Lee: The Playboy Interview 35
Our Film Is Only a Starting Point: An Interview with Spike Lee 65
Doing the Job 79
Interview with Spike Lee 86
Between "Rock" and a Hard Place 99
Spike Speaks 112
Interview with Spike Lee 116
The Demystification of Spike Lee 127
An Interview with Spike Lee, Director of 4 Little Girls 139
Hoops to Conquer 144
Big Words: An Interview with Spike Lee 146
Spike Lee's Seventies Flashback 155
Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee 161
Summer of Sam: An Interview with Spike Lee 178
By Any Means Necessary: Spike Lee on Video's Viability 184
Spike's Minstrel Show 187
Black like Spike 189
Interview with Spike Lee 199
Thinking about the Power of Images: An Interview with Spike Lee 202
Index 219
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