Spike Lee Talks ‘Black Klansman’ & The Societal Impact of ‘Birth of a Nation’

Spike Lee Talks ‘Black Klansman’ & The Societal Impact of ‘Birth of a Nation’

EBONY’s Jaleesa Lashay sat down with world-renowned movie director Spike Lee to debate his upcoming movie, Black Klansman, who opened up about his private expertise with watching the cinematically revolutionary however social problematic 1915 movie, Start of a Nation. 

“That is private for me. I’m a graduate of NYU movie faculty. The first yr, my professor screened the movie Start of a Nation, and so they taught us all of the cinematic improvements D.W. Griffith had give you, however they neglected the whole lot that needed to do with the social affect of the movie. That this movie re-energized the Klan. The Klan was dormant, it was useless, and it led to a rebirth. Due to this fact, as a result of of the rebirth of the Klan, it led to Black folks being lynched, strung up, castrated and murdered, however that was by no means mentioned!

“I’ve no downside with Start of a Nation being screened, however let’s put it in context.”

Lashay went on to ask the celebrated filmmaker about Black Klansman’s references to Gone With the Wind, one other controversial movie for it’s portrayal of African-People that landed Hattie McDaniel the primary Oscar for any Black actor.

Lee additionally mentioned different filmmakers who encourage him at present, saying Jordan Peele’s GET OUT was distinctive, and he appreciates having the ability to work with the Oscar-winner on Black Klansman.

Take a look at the clip above.

Black Klansman hits theaters August 10.


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