Movies are fiction
December 23, 2012 2 Comments
Spike Lee is undoubtedly correct when he says American slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, but it’s a little weird to cite this as a reason not to see Django Unchained. You know what else wasn’t a Sergio Leone spaghetti western? The actual late-1800s American west.
Moreover, two can play this game. The ‘Son of Sam’ serial killings were not a Martin Scorsese streets-of-New-York coming-of-age story, yet that didn’t stop me from watching Summer of Sam. The 9/11 attacks were not a story of regret and goodbyes, yet I still watched 25th Hour (and it was great!)
Does moviemaker Spike Lee understand that these are movies we’re talking about?