Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking To It

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A candid account of one of America's most provocative filmmakers that belongs on the shelf of any serious movie lover.
Spike Lee tells the cinematic story of the preeminent director, whose pioneering films—from Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X to 25th Hour , Bamboozled, and The Inside Man—helped transform the face of late twentieth-century America. With unprecedented access to the Lee family and new interviews with stars and celebrities—including Denzel ...

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Overview

A candid account of one of America's most provocative filmmakers that belongs on the shelf of any serious movie lover.
Spike Lee tells the cinematic story of the preeminent director, whose pioneering films—from Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X to 25th Hour , Bamboozled, and The Inside Man—helped transform the face of late twentieth-century America. With unprecedented access to the Lee family and new interviews with stars and celebrities—including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Rosie Perez, Adrien Brody, John Turturro, and many others—film critic Kaleem Aftab chronicles Spike Lee's explosive rise to stardom, exploring such important issues as Black Nationalism, Hollywood stereotyping, and the rise of a powerful black middle class. Lee's prominence in American culture continues in 2006 with the release of The Inside Man and a forthcoming documentary on Hurricane Katrina. Spike Lee tells us as much about the last two decades of American social history as it does about the life of this fascinating director.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
“Fresh, judicious.”
KLIATT - KaaVonia Hinton
This biography of one of the first black men to perform in, direct, and produce major films reads like a juicy gossip story. Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, but he grew up in New York. A Morehouse graduate like his father and grandfather, Lee later attended the New York University Film School. While particulars about the making of over a dozen films and documentaries, including Crooklyn, Mo' Better Blues, Inside Man and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, are offered, Lee's idiosyncrasies, such as his combined love and dislike for certain family members and his need to lead and dominate, seem to take center stage. However, the details of how he met his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, are charming, and the glimpses of his love and adoration for his children are heartfelt. His work, and the praise of many of today's famous black actors—Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes—included in one or more of his films, make him a worthy subject of a book that readers interested in filmmaking and Lee's personal life will quickly devour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328943
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/23/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 941,103
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Spike Lee’s films have won numerous honors, including two Golden Globes and an Academy Award for Do the Right Thing. He also directed the movie biography of Malcolm X.

Kaleem Aftab is a freelance film writer for the BBC, The Independent, and V magazine. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Thank you is underrated

    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.

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