To honor that, we're taking a look at his filmography to see how it stacks up.(We've omitted the documentaries and feature films that were strictly performance-based, like .In 1986, Spike Lee made the film, She's Gotta Have It (1986), a comedy about sexual relationships.The movie was made for 175,000 dollars, and made seven million., which is ostensibly about an interracial love affair (between Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra) is an especially ripe example of this tendency.Snipes, who Lee propelled toward stardom a year earlier in , looks as if he’s just trying to figure out why he agreed to play a character named “Flipper Purify.” The star-of-tomorrow moment goes to Samuel L. (1990) A sprawling, unfocused, cliché-ridden tribute to jazz, with original music by Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard and Denzel as a sexy-stud trumpeter.Lee's handling of the subject proved yet again highly controversial.Lee's next film was the self-titled biography of Malcolm X (1992), which had Denzel Washington portraying the civil rights leader.
Newton, Jim Brown, and has commented in many documentaries about varied subjects.
Lee went on to do his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie specifically about his own town in Brooklyn, New York.
The movie portrayed a neighborhood on a very hot day, and the racial tensions that emerge.
Trying to get himself fired, a black TV executive (Damon Wayans) pitches a minstrel show (performed by black entertainers in blackface) as a series.
It makes it onto the air and becomes a sensation, which proves either that America is exactly as racist as it was 150 years ago, or that the critics who complained that Lee was cashing in on a demeaning stereotype when he used his Mars Blackmon character in sneaker commercials hadn’t seen nothin’ yet. (1991) When Lee is feeling especially ambitious he can get so busy pounding on all the hot-button issues that can be connected to a subject that he forgets to include a story or any real characters to go with them.