Spike Lee

Spike Lee (Shelton Jackson Lee), 1957–, American filmmaker, b. Atlanta, Ga. He gained recognition as a student at New York Univ. with his graduation film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1982). His films usually celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address such societal problems as racism, sexism, and narcotics addiction. She's Gotta Have It (1986), a low-budget film mainly about sexual relations and attitudes, established Lee as a commercially viable director. His Do the Right Thing (1989) presented the complexities and tensions behind interracial relations. Many of his subsequent films have been controversial—Jungle Fever (1991), an exploration of interracial relations and attitudes; Malcolm X (1992), based on the life of the African-American leader; Clockers (1995), a violent portrait of life at the lowest reaches of the drug underworld; Girl 6 (1996), a high-spirited portrayal of a young woman in the phone sex business; and The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), a series of racially charged stand-up routines by four contemporary African-American comedians. He broke with his traditional style and subject matter to make Inside Man (2006), a polished heist movie. Lee first turned to documentary with 4 Little Girls (1996), a moving study of the fatal 1963 bombing of a black church in Alabama. The made-for-TV When the Levees Broke (2006) documents Hurricane Katrina and its harrowing aftermath in New Orleans; If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010) is its sequel. His Oldboy (2013), a revenge story about man kidnapped for 20 years then freed, is a remake of a 2003 South Korean film.

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Spike Lee: Selected full-text books and articles

The Philosophy of Spike Lee
Mark T. Conard.
University Press of Kentucky, 2011
Spike Lee: Fast Forward
Fitzgerald, Sharon.
American Visions, Vol. 10, No. 5, October-November 1995
Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers
Spencer Moon.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Spike Lee" begins on p. 223
Outsider Features: American Independent Films of the 1980s
Richard K. Ferncase.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Brooklyn Broach: She's Gotta Have It (1986)"
Am I Black Enough for You? Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond
Todd Boyd.
Indiana University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Spike Lee and the New Black Aesthetic" begins on p. 24
Reel Racism: Confronting Hollywood's Construction of Afro-American Culture
Vincent F. Rocchio.
Westview Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Do the Right Thing: Style as Confrontation"
No Accident: From Black Power to Black Box Office
Lyne, William.
African American Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 2000
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City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination
Murray Pomerance.
Rutgers University Press, 2007
Librarian’s tip: "He Cuts Heads: Spike Lee and the New York Experience" begins on p. 137
The Double Truth, Ruth: 'Do the Right Thing' and the Culture of Ambiguity
McKelly, James C.
African American Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1998
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Which Way to the Promised Land?: Spike Lee's Clockers and the Legacy of the African American City
Massood, Paula J.
African American Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2001
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Bamboozled: Political Parodic Postmodernism
Morris, Susan Booker.
West Virginia University Philological Papers, Vol. 49, Fall 2003
He Don't Hate Me: Spike Lee Gives His Most Revealing Interview Ever about Homophobia, the Down Low, Queer Bashing, Gay Parenting, and She Hate Me, His Winning New Lesbian Comedy
Stockwell, Anne.
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), August 17, 2004
Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity, and Politics between the Modern and the Postmodern
Douglas Kellner.
Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Black Voices from Spike Lee to Rap"
Athletic Iconography in Spike Lee's Early Feature Films
Houston, Kerr.
African American Review, Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter 2004
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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