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Film Analysis: Clockers Directed By Spike Lee

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Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor, noted for his films that deal with controversial social and political issues. Lee's films are typically referred to as "Spike Lee Joints". Most of his films focus on the perspective on African American culture throughout the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
For centuries racism was the norm in America. Director Spike Lee can be considered as the modern day racism opponent. His films investigates the racial disagreements that surround populations, every day in America and in other multi-racial regions. Lee does not strive for political correctness, nor does he lecture. He establishes a group of characters, creates a situation, and then lets events unfold by themselves. His approach is unbiased, many people accuse his films of being harsh but they may not understand what Lee wants to convey. Lee is known as the kind of director who provokes enormous reactions such as “Do the right thing”
The film is about a young man Mookie, played by Spike Lee himself, who lives in the hoods of Brooklyn, works at a local pizzeria owned by an Italian named Sal. One day when another young man named Buggin walks into the pizza shop and demands that Sal hangs up pictures of black legends such as Martin Luther king on his wall of fame since his shop is located in an African American neighborhood, Sal denies the request and is entitled to hang up pictures of whomever he pleases. Buggin and his friend Raheem later plan a heist to attack Sal and make him replace the pictures. They put the radio on high volume playing Fight the Power which is symbolic because it explains how Radio Raheem feels every time he passes someone and they automatically categorize him as a criminal. Sal then breaks Raheem's radio with a baseball bat. Raheem clearly angry physically attacks Sal and a fight arises fuelled by mob of multiracial. Officers soon arrive at the scene but an unfortunate incident with an officer leads to Raheem’s death.
The black community is angered by the death of one of their brothers and gangs begin contemplating wiping out Sal and his two sons. Among all the chaos Smiley strolls back into the flaming pizzeria and hangs up portraits of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on what's left of the Wall of Fame. It concludes with various quotes from various black leaders imploring people to remain peaceful and only fight back in self-defense.
The film was made in 1989 and sent a message to the world of how black discrimination is still going on and how the people are treated is immoral and wrong. And yet the Rodney King beating happened only two years later which lead to 1992 LA riots. This film investigates the racial disagreements that surround populations, every day in America and in other multi-racial regions. The film attacks racism head-on, with the kind of level headed and steady manner that is rarely seen in many motion pictures.
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