Bild på författaren.

Spike Lee

Författare till Please, Puppy, Please

62+ verk 3,397 medlemmar 116 recensioner

Om författaren

Directing, writing, and starring in his own films, as did Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles before him, Lee has arguably had almost as profound an influence on American filmmaking as his predecessors, although in very different ways. In his own words, he is good at "marketing," and what he has visa mer marketed is a highly politicized African American cinema that is also commercially viable. Many critics credit Lee with paving the way for a new wave of mass-market yet socially conscious filmmakers, including John Singleton, Charles Lane, and Carl Franklin. The eldest of six children, Lee was educated first at Morehouse College and then at New York University's film school. His first feature release, She's Gotta Have It (1986), won the Prix de Jeunesse at Cannes and was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful in the United States. Lee went on to make School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), a technically sophisticated film that addressed racism in a complex and controversial fashion. The film constructs a narrative that leaves it to the viewer to decide whether its protagonist, Mookie, has done the right thing when he responds to the death of one of his friends at the hands of the police by throwing a trash can through the window of his employer, who had called the police in the first place. Because a riot ensues, many (white) critics argued that the film celebrated violence, and the press suggested that it would incite black spectators to riot (it did not). Other critics suggested that Mookie actually defuses a riot, by directing the community's anger toward property and away from the police. Two years later, Lee tackled the subject of interracial relationships in another hotly debated film, Jungle Fever (1991), which some saw as preachy and sexist and others praised as bold and complex. However, his most recent and ambitious film, Malcolm X (1992), has been almost universally acclaimed. Lee has published a companion text for each film that includes biographies of all of the principals, essays on such topics as guerilla filmmaking, production stills, details of salaries and finances, excerpts from his journal or production notes, and the script. These materials demystify production, advertise the talents of the people who work for him, and promote his political positions, particularly his commitment to black entrepreneurship and cultural self-expression. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
Foto taget av: photo by Gregg Chadwick

Verk av Spike Lee

Please, Puppy, Please (2005) 679 exemplar, 27 recensioner
Please, Baby, Please (2001) 630 exemplar, 43 recensioner
Inside Man [2006 film] (2006) — Director — 319 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Malcolm X [1992 film] (1992) — Producer/Director/Screenwriter — 176 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Do the Right Thing [1989 film] (1989) — Regissör; Actor; Writer; Producer — 150 exemplar, 4 recensioner
Giant Steps to Change the World (2011) 143 exemplar, 6 recensioner
BlacKkKlansman [2018 film] (2018) — Regissör — 138 exemplar, 6 recensioner
Do the Right Thing (1989) — Författare — 124 exemplar
She's Gotta Have It [1986 film] (1987) — Regissör — 89 exemplar
Mo' Better Blues [1990 film] (1990) — Director/Screenwriter — 82 exemplar, 1 recension
25th Hour [2002 film] (2003) — Director — 72 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 60 exemplar
Miracle at St. Anna [2008 film] (2008) — Director — 50 exemplar, 3 recensioner
When the Levees Broke [2006 film] (2006) 40 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Uplift the Race: The Construction of School Daze (1988) 39 exemplar, 1 recension
Jungle Fever [1991 film] (1991) — Director/Screenwriter/Cast — 35 exemplar, 4 recensioner
Summer of Sam [1999 film] (1999) 35 exemplar
Bamboozled [2000 film] (2000) 34 exemplar
Crooklyn [1994 film] (1994) 30 exemplar
School Daze [1988 film] (2004) 28 exemplar
4 Little Girls [1997 film] (2005) — Director — 28 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Clockers [1995 film] (1996) — Director — 27 exemplar
He Got Game [1998 film] (1998) — Director — 26 exemplar, 2 recensioner
SPIKE (2021) 25 exemplar, 1 recension
Spike Lee: Interviews (2002) 22 exemplar
Chi-Raq [2015 film] (2016) — Regissör — 18 exemplar, 1 recension
Lumière & Company [1995 film] (1995) — Regissör — 10 exemplar, 1 recension
David Byrne's American Utopia (2018) — Regissör — 9 exemplar, 1 recension
Oldboy [2013 film] (2014) 9 exemplar
Design For Obama (2013) 7 exemplar
She Hate Me [2004 film] (2005) 5 exemplar
Get on the Bus [1996 film] (2005) 5 exemplar
A Huey P. Newton Story [2001 TV movie] (2001) — Regissör — 4 exemplar
Da 5 Bloods [2020 film] — Regissör — 3 exemplar
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014) 3 exemplar
Le Book New York 2012 (2012) 3 exemplar
Red Hook Summer [2012 film] (2012) 2 exemplar
da 5 bloods 1 exemplar
Jungle Fever 1 exemplar
7 Joints 1 exemplar
Chi-raq [Region 2] 1 exemplar
Girl 6 1 exemplar
Passing Strange [2009 film] (2010) 1 exemplar
Jackie Robinson 1 exemplar
John Leguizamo's Freak (2012) 1 exemplar
Miami Vice / Inside Man (Double Feature Video) (2013) — Regissör — 1 exemplar

Associerade verk

The Battle of Algiers [1966 film] (1966) — Interviewee, vissa utgåvor134 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991) — Inledning — 114 exemplar
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 91 exemplar
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 66 exemplar
Love and Basketball [2000 film] (2000) — Producer — 61 exemplar, 1 recension
When We Were Kings [1996 film] (1996) 36 exemplar
The Definitive Word on Michael Jordan (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 13 exemplar
Five Directors on 'The Battle of Algiers' [2004 documentary] (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


Allmänna fakta



Rating: 4.5* of five

The Publisher Says: A career-spanning monograph, SPIKE is a visual celebration of acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee's life and work to date.

Spike Lee is a world-renowned, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a cultural icon, and one of the most prominent voices on race and racism for more than three decades. His prolific career has included over 35 films, including his directorial debut She's Gotta Have It (1986), his seminal masterpiece Do the Right Thing (1989), and his Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman (2018). Spike Lee's provocative feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos have shone the spotlight on significant stories and have made an indelible mark in both cinematic history and in contemporary society.

Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen photographs by David Lee, Spike's brother and long-time still photographer, this comprehensive monograph includes behind-the-scenes, insider images that underscore his creative process and his significant impact on the culture at large. Also included here are his beloved commercials with Michael Jordan for Nike, which helped launch the billion-dollar Jordan brand product empire, as well as his music videos with Prince and Michael Jackson. From earlier films like the critically acclaimed Malcolm X (1992) starring Denzel Washington, to more recent films such as Da 5 Bloods (2020) featuring the late Chadwick Boseman, Spike Lee's work continues to resonate now more than ever.

STRIKING DESIGN: Featuring gold foil deboss on a vibrant fuchsia front cover, SPIKE boasts a bold and beautiful, eye-catching design. The custom blocky, typographic design is inspired by the LOVE/HATE brass rings that Radio Raheem wore in Do the Right Thing and that Spike wore at the 2019 Academy Awards.

GIFT FOR CINEMA LOVERS: This is a must-have collector's item and ideal gift for any cinephile and fan of one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers in history.


My Review
: You know and I know that one friend who loves movies, do pardon me films, is the right one to receive this as a #Booksgiving gift.

It is very much worth the price of admission. I happen not to be the biggest fan of Auteur Lee's work, but his impact and his great gift for telling stories are inarguable. The importance of his career, and the strength it took to make that career, make for good reading.

Given to someone whose appreciation is more vivid and intense than my own respectful admiration of the man, this is a Yule-maker. The gift that will be treasured and gloated over and fondled and enjoyed on every aesthetic level for ages.

The beginning was outstandingly fresh. The voice we hadn't heard; the perspective no one like me, an old white guy even then, could look away from or fail to believe was speaking truth.

The reward came in one doesn't love to be told how wonderful you are at the career you love doing in front of a global audience. Applause from all corners. The actual success of your life's output validated. I hope that's the moment he relives when his internal highlight reel is unspooling.

The man himself.
… (mer)
richardderus | Dec 12, 2023 |
Guide to Christian Morality
SrMaryLea | 3 andra recensioner | Aug 22, 2023 |
When Ron Stallworth becomes the first Black cop in the Colorado Springs Police Department, he starts off in the Records room before being given his first undercover assignment, attending a rally where civil rights leader Kwame Ture is speaking. While there, he meets Patrice, the president of the Black Student Union at Colorado College.

After that, Ron is assigned to the Intelligence division. He calls the local chapter of the KKK and pretends to be a white man who's interested in joining and would like more information. Unfortunately, he accidentally uses his own name, and now the Klan members want to meet him. He manages to get permission to work with a coworker of his, Flip Zimmerman ("Chuck" in the original memoir), to somehow make it work - he'll be the phone voice of white Ron Stallworth, while Flip will be the in-person white Ron Stallworth.

So begins Ron's efforts to juggle multiple sides of his life. He begins seeing Patrice, who doesn't know that he's a police officer, occasionally deals with racist cops, and works with Flip to get in deeper with the KKK and monitor their plans.

I read the book this was based on back in 2018 and, although I had some issues with it, overall thought it was worth reading. I was wondering how the movie adaptation would be handled, since, in real life, the story pretty much just stopped - the investigation was suddenly closed. Although that happened in the movie as well, there were several things that were changed, I assume to add more satisfying moments to the story than the actual events provided.

For example, the movie spent more time paralleling the efforts of Colorado College's Black Student Union and the KKK, and made several members of the KKK direct opponents of Patrice, the president of the Black Student Union. It came to a head with a dramatic attempt on her life which, as far as I know, was completely made up, but which provided viewers with the action, police arrest, and some of the closure that the memoir didn't. I'm also pretty sure that the final scene with David Duke over the phone and the final scene with Landers (a renamed "Officer Ed"?) were both made up as well, again to provide more closure.

I wonder how the real-life Ron Stallworth felt about this adaptation? Just based on the way he wrote about "Antifa," I have a feeling certain moments wouldn't have sat well with him. For example, the movie's ending included footage of the protest against the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and the incident in which a car drove into the crowd, killing Heather Heyer and injuring others, as well as footage of Trump's "very fine people on both sides" comment. Personally, I felt that the way the movie linked its events and the KKK with current events at the time the movie was made (2018) was fitting.

Overall, this adaptation was kind of underwhelming. If you only have time for one version of the story, I'd recommend the memoir over the movie. That said, those frustrated with some of Ron Stallworth's interpretations might appreciate the movie's take on things.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
… (mer)
Familiar_Diversions | 5 andra recensioner | Nov 5, 2022 |
I'm always extremely wary of celebrity authors (have you ever tried to read Madonna's picture books?) but my husband liked the artwork in this one and bought it for my son. Who is 13 months and adores it. Adores. He asks me for "baby" about 10 times a day. He especially likes the page where the little girl is dumping "noodoos" (noodles) on her head. While it isn't my favorite, it gets a solid 3 stars for not being terribly written and being popular with my toddler.
readingjag | 42 andra recensioner | Nov 29, 2021 |



Du skulle kanske också gilla

Associerade författare

Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer, Cinematography
Jon Kilik Line producer, Producer
David Lee Photographer
Russell Gewirtz Screenwriter
Lisa Jones Author
Marvin Worth Producer
Ahmed Murad Producer
Arnold Perl Screenwriter
Monty Ross Producer
David Benioff Screenwriter
Cinqué Lee Screenwriter
Richard Price Screenwriter
Phillip Noyce Director
Hugh Hudson Director
James Ivory Director
Sarah Moon Director
David Lynch Director
John Boorman Director
Costa Gavras Director
Alain Corneau Director
Zhang Yimou Director
Liv Ullmann Director
Francis Girod Director
Danny Bilson Screenwriter
MJ Bassett Director
Michael Mann Director
Kadir Nelson Illustrator
Bill Nunn Actor
Ruby Dee Actor
Bill Lee Music
Jim Brown Actor
Ray Allen Actor
Mark Protosevich Screenwriter
Aml Ameen Actor
Danielle Mastrion Cover artist
Sean Qualls Illustrator


Även av

Tabeller & diagram