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

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

Mike Reynolds

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 1616135301

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This title explores the creative works of famous filmmaker Spike Lee. Films analyzed include Do the Right Thing, When the Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Malcolm X, and Bamboozled. Clear, comprehensive text gives background biographical information of Lee. “You Critique It” feature invites readers to analyze other creative works on their own. A table of contents, timeline, list of works, resources, source notes, glossary, and an index are also included. Essential Critiques is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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you can create a thesis. The thesis is the key point in your critique. It is your argument about the work based on the tenets, or beliefs, of the theory you are using. For example, if you are using auteur theory to ask how the director’s life inspired the work, your thesis could be worded as follows: Director Teng Xiong, raised in refugee camps in southeast Asia, drew upon her How to Make a Thesis Statement In a critique, a thesis statement typically appears at the end of the introductory

that the Ku Klux Klan surrounded his house when his mother was pregnant with him. The movie cuts back and forth in time to illustrate how the young adult Red, playing gangster in a flashy suit, was shaped by events such as the brutal murder of his father, shown screaming in flashback. These jarring contrasts illustrate the pervasive impact of American racism on black identity. Persistently beaten down, literally and spiritually, Red as an archetypal AfricanAmerican man is trained by American

about the heat. Pizza-delivery man Mookie (played by Spike Lee) crouches at his bedside, counting his money. Smiley, a man with physical and mental disabilities, stands in front of a church, waving postcards of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Smiley stutters about how we “still have to fight against hate.”4 Sal drives up to his pizza shop with sons Vito and Pino. These details establish a strong sense of individual personalities and community relationships. Social and Economic Tensions

Do the Right Thing What Is Reception Criticism? Reception criticism is one of several theories that can be used to examine an artistic work. Reception criticism focuses on the audience. It explores ways viewers’ interpretations shape and complicate the meaning—and impact—of a work. In terms of film, reception criticism argues that viewers are active interpreters of a film. More than simply absorbing and accepting what they see, viewers have to make sense of it. The audience is diverse and

editing together of testimony to image is artificial. There is no footage of the event Seelig describes, but these other images help to make his story a more powerful history. All films edit together images and sound. Film critic Robert Kolker notes that the “resulting illusion is extraordinary”—film works as 54 THOW TO APPLY STRUCTURALISM TO When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts a kind of “reality machine” that creates a sense of the truth of what viewers are seeing and

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