Introduction: Challenging Questions, No Easy Answers 1
1 The Early Joints 13
2 The Right Thing and the Love Supreme 41
3 Deeper into Politics 90
4 Brownstones in the Nabe, Projects in the Hood 117
5 Women and Men, Blacks and Whites 135
6 Crime, War, Miracles 167
Epilogue: Expanding Horizons 190
"Respectful, refreshingly passionate, colloquial at times, but with keen eye for accurate criticism and shrewd analysis"
Media International Australia
"Perfectly readable, mercifully free of cliched characterisations of the director as an 'angry black man' - and informative enough to recommend as a reference tool for Spike beginners."
Sight & Sound
"Writing perceptively about class, race and recent US history (as well as the movies) Sterritt steers refreshingly far from the academic waffle that can plague this kind of book, and builds a reasoned portrait of one of America's punchiest commentators."
"An optimal introduction to the career of one of America’s most prominent filmmakers."
"Not just an interesting read, the book is also a great educational resource for film students, and a truly excellent map for exploring one of the major genres of African-American film-making."
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
"My admiration for Spike Lee has always been substantial, but thanks to this book I now admire him even more. Although David Sterritt does not blink at the many dilemmas the films present, he has greatly enriched our appreciation as well as our understanding of Spike Lee's cinema."
Krin Gabbard, Stony Brook University
"Since his filmmaking debut in the mid-eighties, Spike Lee has become one of the most influential African American directors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through clear and cogent prose, David Sterritt also illustrates what makes Lee one of the finest American filmmakers working today."
Paula Massood, Brooklyn College
- An engaging and close textual analysis of Spike Lee’s films.
- Covers the entire span of Lee’s career, from his beginnings as a no-budget independent to his 2010 production ‘Inside Man 2.’
- Written in a lively and often provocative style that will appeal to students of film studies and American studies and also general readers.
- The author is very well-known and well-respected in the field and is currently the Chair of the National Society of Film Critics.