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«Ηonoring the best SPIKE LEE» in 2022
With the «Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction.» the Directors Guild of America!
We’re proud to celebrated Lee and his iconic body of work in ciné!
Icon. Trailblazer. Visionary. Spike Lee has changed the face of cinema, and there is no single word that encapsulates his significance to the craft of directing.From his groundbreaking Do the Right Thing, and everything in-between – to his signature ‘double dolly’ shot, Spike is an innovator on so many levels. His bold and passionate storytelling over the past three decades has masterfully entertained, as it held a stark mirror to our society and culture. And while he is no stranger to huge commercial success, he is also the beating heart of independent film. He was great president in Cannes film Festival 2021!!!
From his fist film “Do The Right Thing’ to “BlacKkKlansman’!!!
As I celebrated Spike Lee’s 65th birthday on 2022 & took a look back on the films of Spike Lee, I recognised for one more time that he is the greatest directors in cinema history. Lee’s career is characterized by films that
challenged classification, promoting marginalized voices, and intimate narratives of racial reconciliation.
Spike Lee started his career debut with the film She’s Gotta Have It. He kept in most of his films the style of the narrative sophistication & New York City would characterize his cinematic style in his films!
Spike Lee’s follow-up film “Do the Right Thing” beautifully portrays personal narratives of artistic progression and financial hardship with equal poignancy and potency of Lee’s previous masterwork.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
It is impossible to understate the endless impact of Do the Right Thing on the American film industry. Spike Lee’s masterpiece paved the way for the rise of independent filmmaking in the 1990s and opened the door for greater opportunities for Black auteurs in Hollywood. Set in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year, Do the Right Thing illustrates late-1980s America in microcosm, emphasizing the racial strife in a community on the cusp of gentrification.
Culminating in the tragic death of a gentle giant named Radio Raheem at the hands of the police, Do the Right Thing is as essential in its sociopolitical critique and as devastating in its cultural relevancy as it was when the film was released in 1989. Established as a cinematic classic and an essential text in the history of race relations in the twentieth century, Do the Right Thing is a transcendent masterpiece by one of America’s greatest cinematic voices and one of the most pivotal films in the history of the medium.
Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
In his semi-biography of Spike famous musician father Bill Lee,is an expressionistic portrait of Bleek Gilliam’s (Denzel Washington) coming-of-age, showcasing artistic rivalries within a story of familial grief.
Lee put in his film the original music from Bill Lee and Denzel Washington and the director’s sister Joie Lee played the central lovers Bleek and Indigo.
Malcolm X (1992)
Denzel’s Washington greatest biographical performance in cinema history by far ,,!!Denzel turn as the historical figure “Malcolm X” as an epic act of cinematic portraiture, capturing the complexities of the Civil Rights icon!!
Spike Lee’s three-hour historical epic with equal conviction, Denzel grounded the mythic historical figure within a dynamic humanity, show the significance of his life and death through a strong physical presence and emotional expression. Lee adapts the icon’s auto biography in one of the most powerful films of the 1990s. “Malcolm X” is a masterclass in historical filmmaking!
This is Spike Lee’s most underrated film! Based on adaptation of Richard Price’s crime novel, as well as a lot of stuff from Director favorite film «Rashomon» by Akira Kurosawa!In tha film we watch a mysterious murder of drug dealer Darryl Adams from multiple perspectives.
Clockers functions equally as a meditation on the nature of truth and a reflection on the ethics of investigative policing. lead character is Harvey Keitel, as well as the best Spike Lee soundtrack (this side of Do the Right Thing), Clockers is overdue for a revaluation as one of the director’s most inventive works.
In his film “Inside Man” he and also show to the audience the atmosphere of post-9/11 New York City!!In his crime thriller film,we see a takedown of police corruption and financial manipulation, suspense-driven storytelling.
Denzel Washington through his excellent performance bringers to the audience the feel and essence of political paranoia and social distrust!
The 25th hour 2001
Hour’ Was the First Studio Film to Incorporate the 9/11 Attacks. The director decided to weave the worst terrorist act in history into his movie finding that the somber mood in Manhattan complemented the already funereal material!
Bamboozled is a satire of both the continued propagation of Black stereotypes and exploitation of Black artists by the entertainment industry. One of the most divisive films in cinema history!When producer Pierre Delacroix’s (Damon Wayans) intentionally subversive pitch for a minstrel show is greenlit by racist studio executives, Delacroix and his artists faced the fallout of the show’s nationwide popularity, brings psychological and violent fallout for the protagonists.
Lee’s film aims to unsettle the viewer at every level through his implication of the audience in propagating the stereotypes seen on-screen.Bamboozled it is an essential work of satire that remains as effective as ever.
Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning biopic film BlacKkKlansman its a political commentary the primar, detailing the narrative of Ron Stallworth’s (performing amazingly by John David Washington) infiltration of the KKK as an overt critique of systemic racism in the United States.
The climactic sequence that parallels a KKK indoctrination with a Black Power rally, overturns the crosscutting of D.W. Leaders characters played by John David Washington and Adam Driver, and their revelatory performances made the film BlacKkKlansman one of the most essential films from the past decade!
Even at the end of the film, Lee visualizes and condemns the disturbing continuation of racial oppression in America, the most potent critique in the film, the best strong part of the film ,is the insinuation of the cinematic establishment in the foundation of stereotypes and prejudices, canonized films like “The Birth of a Nation” and “Gone with the Wind”for their propagation of racist ideology & racist protypes!!
This is my article for him « The divine Spike Lee» when I met him at Cannes film festival on 2021!
Love you Spike Lee
God bless you Lee