Despite the more commercial and thrilling aspect of this film, Lee retains his trademarks, from close-up shots to his signature floating shot and infusion of music and athletic iconography.
Lee continues to infuse his films with social and political commentary. Although he has not made as many feature films in recent years as he did in the past, he continues to produce and direct works that focus on social issues, as well as the black experience. Although Lee may be outspoken at times, his viewpoints and socio-political beliefs have not changed during the course of his career. His ability to retain his identity in an ever changing world have made Lee a truly unique director.
Jungle Fever. Dir. Spike Lee. United States: 40 Acres & a Mule Studios, 1991.
Jungle Fever explores the concept of interracial relationships and how they are viewed by the community. The film, like much of Lee's cinematic cannon, comments on limitations that are imposed on an individual because of their race or social status. As is seen in other films, Lee highlights the drug abuse and problems that have infiltrated the community, which Lee contends are ruining the integrity of society.
Malcolm X Dir. Spike Lee. United States: 40 Acres & a Mule Studios, 1992.
Malcolm X is a seminal work in Lee's cinematic cannon. The film is a biographical sketch of civil rights activist Malcolm X and follows him through the course of his political career, up to his assassination. Lee's intention is to raise awareness of Malcolm
X's contribution to the civil rights movement of the 1960s to the present. Like many of this other films, Malcolm X is full of militant undertones, which support the film's purpose. Lee gives the film a sense of realism by intersplicing archival footage and having people that marched with Malcolm X participate in the making of the film.
Kobe Doin' Work. Dir. Spike Lee. United States: 40 Acres & a Mule Studios, 2009.
This film is a documentary that Lee did in conjunction with ESPN and follows LA
Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the course of a day. The film focuses solely on athletic iconography and provides insight into the life of one of the most successful basketball players of our generation.
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