How to Analyze the Films of Spike Lee (Essential Critiques) by Mike Reynolds

By Mike Reynolds

Provides opinions of 4 works of the yank director, guiding readers in the course of the ideas of serious conception and demonstrating different views that may be utilized in studying every one film.

This identify explores the artistic works of well-known filmmaker Spike Lee. movies analyzed comprise Do the appropriate factor, whilst the Leeves Broke: A Requiem in 4 Acts, Malcolm X, and Bamboozled. transparent, finished textual content provides historical past biographical info of Lee. "You Critique It" characteristic invitations readers to research different inventive works on their lonesome. A desk of contents, timeline, checklist of works, assets, resource notes, thesaurus, and an index also are incorporated.

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Act I The film is presented in four acts. Each one focuses on certain key themes. At the beginning of the first act, Lee shows footage from the December 2005 congressional fact-finding hearings about what went wrong in the response to Hurricane Katrina. ”1 Viewers get an illustration of one key issue (the gap between preparedness and response) and a key technique (moving back and forth in time). Throughout the film, news footage is interspersed with testimonials from residents, authorities, media personnel, and a host of experts.

S. flag crosscut with footage of African-American Rodney King being beaten by police officers after a high-speed chase. A speech by Malcolm X plays in voice-over, charging that a black person in the United States is not truly allowed to be an American. The opening evokes a central theme of Malcolm X’s life and message: African Americans have been and are ruthlessly oppressed by a racist American culture and need to define and develop their own separate identity. Becoming “Red” The story begins with Malcolm Little in a Boston, Massachusetts, barbershop.

What was the most interesting argument made in the critique? What was the strongest one? What was the weakest? Were the points backed up with strong evidence from the film? Did the arguments support the thesis? 3. One goal of a good conclusion is to prompt the reader to explore the topic further, often by raising a new, related idea or asking a new question. Does this critique do that effectively? How else could the author have ended this critique? 39 How to Analyze the Films of SPIKE LEE Other Approaches What you have just read is one possible way to apply reception criticism to a critique of Do the Right Thing.

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