The Philosophy of Spike Lee

The Philosophy of Spike Lee

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Over his twenty-plus year tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a number of controversial films that unapologetically confront sensitive social issues, particularly those of race relations and discrimination. Through his honest portrayals of lifea€™s social obstacles, he challenges the public to reflect on the worlda€™s problems and divisions. The innovative director created a name for himself with feature films such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), and with documentaries such as 4 Little Girls (1997) and When the Levees Broke (2006), breaking with Hollywooda€™s reliance on cultural stereotypes to portray African Americans in a more realistic light. The director continues to produce poignant films that address some of modern societya€™s most important historical movements and events. In The Philosophy of Spike Lee, editor Mark T. Conard and an impressive list of contributors delve into the rich philosophy behind this filmmakera€™s extensive work. Not only do they analyze the major themes of race and discrimination that permeate Leea€™s productions, but also examine other philosophical ideas that are found in his films, ideas such as the nature of time, transcendence, moral motivation, self-constitution, and justice. The authors specialize in a variety of academic disciplines that range from African American Studies to literary and cultural criticism and Philosophy.Ironies of Time a€œClockersa€ are the drug dealers on the streets selling drugs 24/7; hence they are always on the clock. The ironies are legion. ... The system enforces a strict notion of chronological time, time by the clock, kronos time. ... Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) seems to be a racist cop, although his persistence in pursuing justice rather than making an easy arrest complicates his character. The murderanbsp;...

Title:The Philosophy of Spike Lee
Author: Mark Conard
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2011-07-22

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