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Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to Itby Spike Lee, Kaleem Aftab, Kaleem Aftab
This new biography tells the cinematic story of the preeminent director whose pioneering films-from Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever to Malcolm Xhelped transform the face of late twentieth-century/i>/i>/i>
The extraordinary life storyfilled with fresh, firsthand accountsof one of America's most provocative filmmakers.
This new biography tells the cinematic story of the preeminent director whose pioneering films-from Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever to Malcolm Xhelped transform the face of late twentieth-century America. Since bursting onto the scene in 1986 with the sexually provocative She's Gotta Have It, Lee has been one of America's most visionary and controversial cinematic figures. Film critic Kaleem Aftab chronicles Lee's explosive rise to stardom, exploring such important issues as Black Nationalism, Hollywood stereotyping, and the rise of a powerful black middle class. With Lee family interviews and the candid revelations of stars like Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Ed Norton, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, and Wesley Snipes, this book is the story of a visionary life in the cinema, telling us as much about Lee as it does about the past two decades of American social history. 40 photographs.
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Meet the Author
Spike Lee's films have won honors worldwide. Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, and 4 Little Girls have received Academy Award nominations. He lives in New York City. Kaleem Aftab is the director of the TV and film production house lafamiglia and writes for the Independent, BBC Collective, and V magazine. He resides in London.
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Maybe it's just me being picky, but I was raised to believe that 'Thank You' are two very strong words and manners are important. I had a job interview on the Saturday that this book came out and I was really worried that I would not be able to meet Spike Lee and get this book autographed. Luckily, I made it to the bookstore he was at. When I got to the front of the line, I grinned said 'Hello' he saw my name prepared on a post-it said 'How do you say this?' I told him he looked at me like I was stupid I said 'Don't look at me like that' he signed the book and said 'Here you go' without even a glance. No 'Thanks for the support', no 'Thanks for buying the book', no nothing. When people support your product, manners come in handy. That rude behavior spoiled the book for me. I got through about three pages and gave up. I'm not even interested in what the book is about anymore because he was so obnoxious. A month later, I reopened the book because I figured if I went through the trouble to buy the doggone book, I might as well read it. I read the book and I realized it's not just me he's obnoxious to, but plenty of people. He got mad at Samuel L. Jackson for wanting more money after doing 4 movies in a row with him. He told Rosario Dawson not to do her other movie because she could 'do that anytime.' He put the dark-skinned people and the light-skinned people in different kinds of hotels (one set nice hotels and the other mice-infested) to show more tension onset, as if the actors weren't good enough to do it without the extra instigation. For this to be an autobiography, Lee comes off terrible. I'm surprised he allowed so many parts from other actors to be in this book. He was worried about his father being interviewed, but judging from the people he's worked with, it doesn't seem to matter. He'd ask any and everyone for money but says he hates to be asked for money. I could write a list of reasons why he's unlikeable and my top 2 would be that he thanks his daughter for inspiration in the back of this book, but left out his son and he wasn't around to see either of his kids being born because he wanted to go to the Knicks games. What?! I'm so annoyed that I went through all that rushing to buy a book from such an ungrateful man. I still appreciate him for making 'Malcolm X' and 'School Daze', but I don't respect him as a person in the least bit.