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Spike Lee's Heavy Artillery Blasts 'St. Anna'

There are 19 comments on the The Washington Post story from Sep 27, 2008, titled Spike Lee's Heavy Artillery Blasts 'St. Anna'. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

Much like the four soldiers at its center, there's a taut wartime thriller caught behind enemy lines in "Miracle at St. Anna." But unlike the African American GIs pinned between German troops and the racist and incompetent Army brass they serve, the movie that "Miracle" might have been winds up a casualty of schmaltzy, patronizing sentiment on the one hand and overweening ambition on the other.

Directed by Spike Lee with an unusually heavy hand (even for him), 'Miracle at St. Anna' is one of the most highly anticipated films of the season, in large part because it's the first major motion picture to represent the experience of black soldiers in World War II. That historic burden weighs heavily on Lee, who has made a film that seeks to do way too many things -- correct a badly distorted record, deliver old-fashioned wartime goose bumps, offer a few salacious sexual asides, pull heartstrings and, oh yes, spin it all into a fairy tale of childlike spiritual transcendence -- and winds up doing none of them well.

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Trufax

United States

#1 Sep 27, 2008
There are no racial undertones to this but....maybe he should ask Clint Eastwood for directing advice?:P
Blackula

Akron, OH

#2 Sep 27, 2008
Between 1976-2005, blacks made up 13% of the US population, but committed 59% of felony murders. Overall, blacks are 9 times more likely to commit murder than whites.
Source: US DOJ
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Madisonville, TN

#3 Sep 27, 2008
Trufax wrote:
There are no racial undertones to this but....maybe he should ask Clint Eastwood for directing advice?:P
Why? After the first weekend, this "BlockBuster" brought in a whopping $895,000. Considering it cost $45 million in production, somebody is very unamused at Vista. This goes below "Bomb" to "Stinker" level. Looks like a "hit" in the same venue as the "Debaters".
Clint is probably very amused right now after Lee's ignorance.
Blackinjun

Greenbackville, VA

#4 Sep 28, 2008
Blackula wrote:
Between 1976-2005, blacks made up 13% of the US population, but committed 59% of felony murders. Overall, blacks are 9 times more likely to commit murder than whites.
Source: US DOJ
thanks blackula..
Typical Groid Behavior

United States

#5 Sep 28, 2008
Spike Lee is an overated director that makes a high dollar college film. In two wors....He sucks.
Frear of Natuke

Spain

#7 Sep 29, 2008
all the Liberals will love it, anyway. Now for a film about how black Russians saw off Napoleon!
Chief

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Sep 29, 2008
Does it really matter. The only people that are going to see it are blacks. And they just talk during the movie anyway.
javamama

United States

#9 Sep 29, 2008
Chief wrote:
Does it really matter. The only people that are going to see it are blacks. And they just talk during the movie anyway.
Funny and yet so true!!!
Melody

Seattle, WA

#10 Oct 1, 2008
Spike Lee tells THE TRUTH. It's important for Black filmmakers like Lee and others to teach young people about POSITIVE roles Blacks took part in history.

It seems strange White teachers DON'T TEACH the TRUTH about Blacks in history--accept the evils of slavery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Cleveland, TN

#11 Oct 1, 2008
Melody wrote:
Spike Lee tells THE TRUTH. It's important for Black filmmakers like Lee and others to teach young people about POSITIVE roles Blacks took part in history.
It seems strange White teachers DON'T TEACH the TRUTH about Blacks in history--accept the evils of slavery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spike Lee tells the truth? LOL Is that why Italian Partisans that were there are demonstrating in Italy because the film is so horribly historically wrong? Not that I blame Lee, it would be hard to fill 90 minutes with Blacks pulling grave detail and digging latrines, but that would be the Truth.
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Cleveland, TN

#12 Oct 1, 2008
Melody wrote:
Spike Lee tells THE TRUTH. It's important for Black filmmakers like Lee and others to teach young people about POSITIVE roles Blacks took part in history.
It seems strange White teachers DON'T TEACH the TRUTH about Blacks in history--accept the evils of slavery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/e...
Tanner622002

Cayce, SC

#13 Oct 1, 2008
Melody wrote:
Spike Lee tells THE TRUTH. It's important for Black filmmakers like Lee and others to teach young people about POSITIVE roles Blacks took part in history.
It seems strange White teachers DON'T TEACH the TRUTH about Blacks in history--accept the evils of slavery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Teach black children yourselves. If you dont think that the system is working do something.Dont sit around waiting for whitey to do it.
Means nothing

AOL

#14 Oct 1, 2008
the_truth_be_told2006 wrote:
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Why? After the first weekend, this "BlockBuster" brought in a whopping $895,000. Considering it cost $45 million in production, somebody is very unamused at Vista. This goes below "Bomb" to "Stinker" level. Looks like a "hit" in the same venue as the "Debaters".
Clint is probably very amused right now after Lee's ignorance.
It was only a minor hit. And many flops can start off looking like hits in the first opening week, then bomb after word of mouth sours them. The critics have already complained it is over-long and jumps around, despite some beautiful cinematograhy, thanks in no small part to the natural beauty of Italy. But instead of telling a story, it seems the primary focus is a preachy racial one. With Italians made to look like villians, and white American troops made to look inept, while of course, black troops are made out to be the saviors. The story is pure fiction, yet he makes it out to be facual, when it is far from what really happened. He has also managed to offend Italians enough, that he will likely never be welcomed to film another movie there again. And Spike loves to focus on Italians. He did in Do the right thing, and also in Jungle Fever
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Cleveland, TN

#15 Oct 1, 2008
Means nothing wrote:
<quoted text>It was only a minor hit. And many flops can start off looking like hits in the first opening week, then bomb after word of mouth sours them. The critics have already complained it is over-long and jumps around, despite some beautiful cinematograhy, thanks in no small part to the natural beauty of Italy. But instead of telling a story, it seems the primary focus is a preachy racial one. With Italians made to look like villians, and white American troops made to look inept, while of course, black troops are made out to be the saviors. The story is pure fiction, yet he makes it out to be facual, when it is far from what really happened. He has also managed to offend Italians enough, that he will likely never be welcomed to film another movie there again. And Spike loves to focus on Italians. He did in Do the right thing, and also in Jungle Fever
I agree with your entire commentary except your idea that "Debaters" was a minor hit. It was a total flop, earning only $30 million at the box office. Not good for a movie that was supposed to be Oscar worthy, but their blatant twisting of history harmed it in the same venue.
Means nothing

AOL

#16 Oct 1, 2008
the_truth_be_told2006 wrote:
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I agree with your entire commentary except your idea that "Debaters" was a minor hit. It was a total flop, earning only $30 million at the box office. Not good for a movie that was supposed to be Oscar worthy, but their blatant twisting of history harmed it in the same venue.
Won't argue that it was no blockbuster, and I expect the box office turn-out will continue to drop. Very few critics have given the film the thumbs up. In fact, most have ripped it to shreads.
md militaria

Köln, Germany

#17 Oct 5, 2008
Melody wrote:
Spike Lee tells THE TRUTH. It's important for Black filmmakers like Lee and others to teach young people about POSITIVE roles Blacks took part in history.
It seems strange White teachers DON'T TEACH the TRUTH about Blacks in history--accept the evils of slavery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
blacks suffered about 2000 casulties in ww2, this film is an insult to the real infantrymen who died.
BEL

Toronto, Canada

#18 Mar 31, 2009
It's always a treat to read Americans responses to anything Black related. I would bet money that most of you get your history lessons from the movies and the "history channel".

spikewebbe

Since: Oct 07

Boston, MA

#19 Mar 31, 2009
BEL wrote:
It's always a treat to read Americans responses to anything Black related. I would bet money that most of you get your history lessons from the movies and the "history channel".
I'm so tired of war films but I will check this film out. You're right white will bash anything black related as far as history and films are concerned. Films are never accurate--Cinderella Man had history flaws, for example. But nobody mentions that.
brad

Stanwood, WA

#21 Jul 15, 2009
It was a good movie. Don't listen to these ignorant people. They don't have hearts.

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