Spike Lee Essay

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Spike Lee is considered to be one of the underrated directors of our time. He was born on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta. He grew up with a supportive family. He started making amateur films at the age of 20.After graduating NYU film school he was ready for the world. He already overcame the fact that African-American filmmakers were narrow. His big break started when he earned seven million in box office for a movie which priced at $175,000 to make. Also, the film was only shot in two weeks. This was only the beginning to a bright future. His vision shows no favoritism and spares no races. His use of interviews and social commentary gives different cultures an opportunity to look honestly into the hearts, minds, and conscience of their people. He also exposes hypocrisy and lies when he demonstrates the different stereotypes that remain in today’s society .Spike Lee creates amazing movies about provocative topics no else wanted to discuss. Who would know that small kid from Atlanta, Georgia could be considered an auteur? Shelton Jackson Lee is considered an auteur to extent by addressing provocative subjects, playing an acting role, unique traits, and being consistent.
Spike Lee has made movies which discuss things no one would show the public. Malcom X was a huge film; Spike brought an ionic man to the perspective of the people. In the movie Malcom X you see the use vulgar language to state his point. Spike Lee introduces these topics rapidly unlike no other would. Malcom X shows the racist abuse a black man goes through, this picture couldn’t be any more vivid to the general public. In this movie he applies the “by any means necessary” method into his production and his message. In Alex Haley’s interview with Spike, he addresses the method. He wants the viewers and everyone making the movie the goal is state the meaning to the audience. Malcom X is played by a strong African-American actor named Denzel Washington. Using this strong role, Spike expresses the hate society puts on African-Americans and the growth of Islamic beliefs. These were issues no would dare to speak upon and recessive credit that Spike earned. Also, to enhance his message he includes Nelson Mandela (South African President) to speak to a class room about Malcom X’s “by any means necessary” in the film.

Spike Lee falls under the great directors which play an acting role in the film like the great Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock. In the movie Malcom X, Spike plays the role “Shorty”. Many directors do this, but I feel as this is one of the trends you see in a Spike Lee film. Spike Lee makes sure that the movie is what he wants and how he wants it. This is hard to find within other directors who only work for the wealth rather than the art. Also, he puts his...

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