Magazine article American Cinematographer


Magazine article American Cinematographer


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She's Gotta Have It

Produced by Shelton J. Lee.

Written, edited, and directed by Spike Lee.

Music by Bill Lee.

Photographed by Earnest Dickerson.

Starring Tracy Carmila Johns, Tommy Hedmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, and Spike Lee.

(Key Video)

The look, the style, the characters, the wit, the music, everything that went into the making of She's Gotta Have It, works. It's one of those little films that will stay in you memory long after the big ones have faded away.

Filmed in black and white, except for one color sequence, it stands out from other contemporary feature films by drawing attention to its technique. Even as the characters are sucking you into the plot, which adds up to a series of vignettes from several points of view, we are constantly reminded that we are watching a movie. Much of the film's charm comes from the tricks it plays with our cinematic expectations.

Tracy Carmila Johns plays Nola Darling, who enjoys the attention of three men, two who want her for themselves and one who is willing to share her affections. Complications arise when she is forced to choose between her desires and the desires of the men.

Salvador Dali: A Soft Self-Portrait

Directed by Jean-Christophe Averty.

Photographed by Lucien Billard.

Narrated by Orson Welles.

(Pacific Arts Video)

Salvador Dali: A Soft Self-Portrait assaults the viewer in the same way Dali's art must have assaulted the art world when he entered the scene. Dali's flamboyant personality often overshadows the more intimate details of this Pop Art period portrayal of surrealism's foundation in reality. …

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