How to Analyze the Films of Spike Lee (Essential Critiques)
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This title explores the creative works of famous filmmaker Spike Lee. Films analyzed include Do the Right Thing, When the Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Malcolm X, and Bamboozled. Clear, comprehensive text gives background biographical information of Lee. “You Critique It” feature invites readers to analyze other creative works on their own. A table of contents, timeline, list of works, resources, source notes, glossary, and an index are also included. Essential Critiques is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
the “real” African-American experience are shamefully narrow and how they limit artists’ 83 How to Analyze the Films of SPIKE LEE creativity. The people in charge are almost entirely white, while the performers forced into such stereotypical roles are all African American. The actors are unable to find jobs in an industry still restrictive to nonwhite artists. Implications of Success The show airs with many routines from performers Manray and Womack, renamed Mantan and Sleep ’n Eat. These
go along with the decision. Success matters to him, and he defends the show to protesters and accepts awards. In contrast, Delacroix’s assistant, Sloan Hopkins, and performer Womack leave the show in protest. Bamboozled argues that modern artists need to take some responsibility for the representations they present. At the same time, Lee makes it clear that the media is not solely to blame for racist imagery. 91 How to Analyze the Films of SPIKE LEE Argument Four The author has now turned
Hints of community tension emerge in the film’s opening scenes. Pino complains that he “detests [the neighborhood] like a sickness.”5 Sal explains how the business is connected to the neighborhood— that he has seen kids grow up eating his pizza. 22 AN OVERVIEW OF Do the Right Thing Sal’s sense of belonging is not shared by Pino, who tells his father, “They don’t want us here.”6 Mookie works at the pizzeria and seems to want to make money by doing as little as possible. Sal becomes annoyed
guys. Mookie’s final act of violence solidifies this complexity: Why did he throw the garbage can through the pizzeria’s window? What did he accomplish? How should we judge and evaluate that image, that action? The answer is not clear. Repeatedly, Lee’s point is that 36 HOW TO APPLY RECEPTION CRITICISM TO Do the Right Thing Lee on the set during the filming of Do the Right Thing figuring out the right thing to do requires critical thinking. 37 How to Analyze the Films of SPIKE LEE Do
interpret images to make them think critically about issues of race in their everyday lives. Do you agree with this argument? Why or why not? In what ways might it be important that films try to challenge viewers? 2. What was the most interesting argument made in the critique? What was the strongest one? What was the weakest? Were the points backed up with strong evidence from the film? Did the arguments support the thesis? 3. One goal of a good conclusion is to prompt the reader to