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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.

Annotated Filmography

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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Filmography -- Only includes films, documentaries, series that were directed by Spike Lee

Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads

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1983

She's Gotta Have it

Director

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Actor

1986

School Daze

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1988

Do the Right Thing

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1989

Mo' Better Blues

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1990

Jungle Fever

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1991

Malcolm X

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1992

Crooklyn

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1994

Clockers

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1995

Girl 6

Director

Producer

Actor

1996

Get on the Bus

Director

Producer

1996

Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film -- Vol. II

"They Don't Care About Us"

Director

1997

4 Little Girls

Documentary

Director

Producer

1997

He Got Game

Director

Writer

Producer

1998

Freak

TV Movie

Director

1998

Pavorotti & Friends 99 for Guatemala and Kosovo

TV Documentary

Director

1999

Summer of Sam

Director

Writer

Producer

Actor

1999

And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos, Vol. 1

"Fight the Power"

Director

2000

The Original Kings of Comedy

Documentary

Director

Producer

2000

Bamboozled

Director

Writer

Producer

2000

The Making of 'Bamboozled'

Video Documentary

Director

2001

A Huey P. Newton Story

TV Documentary

Director

2001

The Concert for New York City

"Come Rain or Come Shine"

Director

2001

Jim Brown: All American

TV Documentary

Director

Writer

2002

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

"We Wuz Robbed"

Director

Producer

2002

25th Hour

Director

Producer

2002

She Hate Me

Director

Writer

Producer

2004

Sucker Free City

TV Movie

Director

Producer

2004

Miracle's Boys

"Bond of Brothers"

"New Charlie"

Director

2005

All the Invisible Children

"Jesus Children of America"

Director

Producer

2005

Inside Man

Director

2006

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

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