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Film director Spike Lee raises his fist in a pose for a seated portrait

Spike Lee

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"Do the Right Thing" Leaves Critics Confused

Spike Lee's new movie, about a neighborhood's response to the murder of a black man, climaxes in a violent ending that many believe sends an ambiguous message about race relations in the U.S. Lee disagrees, and tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the movie's intent is clear.


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An Oscar-winning costume designer explains how clothes 'create a mood'

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who won an Oscar for best costume designer for the film Black Panther was just nominated for its sequel, Wakanda Forever, talks about her 30 year career in film and tv that started with Spike Lee. Carter was responsible for the clothing aesthetic of many of his early films including Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X.


A Korean Cult Thriller Gets A Spike Lee Makeover.

Oldboy, the director's remake of a 2003 film of the same name, follows a man who's held captive for 20 years — and out for revenge after his release. Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson star.


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