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Spike Lee

Todd McGowan


Since the release of Do the Right Thing in 1989, Spike Lee has established himself as a cinematic icon. Lee's mostly independent films garner popular audiences while at the same time engaging in substantial political and social commentary. He is arguably the most accomplished African American filmmaker in cinematic history, and his breakthrough paved the way for the success of many other African Americans in film. This book shows how Lee's films, from She's Gotta Have It through Red Hook Summer, address crucial social issues such as racism, paranoia, and economic exploitation in a formally inv ... More

Keywords: Spike Lee, films, social commentary, political commentary, African American filmmaker, social issues, racism, paranoia, economic exploitation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038143
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd McGowan, author
University of Vermont

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