Spike Lee’s Latest | BlacKkKlansman

Posted on August 16, 2018 by Stephen Kastner | No Comments

BlacKkKlansmanwww.amazon.com is based on the 1972 true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police department, who first published his memoir in 2014.

Angela Davis is

Blackkklansman-at Cannes Damaris Lewis, Jasper Pääkkönen, John David Washington, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Spike Lee, Adam Driver, Corey Hawkins.

Damaris Lewis, Jasper Pääkkönen, John David Washington, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Spike Lee, Adam Driver, Corey Hawkins. (L-R) Photo by Georges Biard

The film premiered on May 14, 2018, at the Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d’Or and won the Grand Prix. It was theatrically released in the United States on August 10, 2018, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist rally and murder at Charlottesville.

Didactic art is often the term used to describe an artist’s heavy-handed attempt to deliver a collection of instructional thoughts or informative content. This is the first thing some critics are saying about Spike Lee’s latest effort to educate film goers on racism. Perhaps his message is somewhat comically overstated at times, but the various historical themes he links up to our current cultural climate need to be hammered into shape by whatever means are most effective in a medium intended to entertain. BlacKkKlansman covers a lot of ground in approximately 2 hours including the 1916 lynching of Jesse Washington; the first feature-length epic in D. W. Griffith’s classic silent, 1915 drama The Birth of a Nation – which was originally titled The Clansman; and the relationship between Black and Jewish identity. In so doing, Lee’s film reveals a pathway from the Confederacy to Charlottesville, from David Duke to Donald Trump.

It’s not a documentary. It’s not a comedy. It’s not an action film. It’s all of those and quite a bit more. The biggest problem facing Spike Lee’s latest film is the fact that the people who really need to see it will probably never watch it.

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