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Spike Lee Mixes Politics and Basketball At Cannes



Filmmaker Spike Lee is all smiles yesterday during a photo call in Cannes, France at the town's 61st Film Festival, for his new film "Miracle At St. Anna".  (Photo: Francois Durand/Getty Images Europe)

By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel

May 21, 2008

On the Croissette yesterday at Cannes, filmmaker Spike Lee was enjoying a photo call for "Miracle At St. Anna", his new epic film which will be finish post-production in July and will be released on October 10 in the U.S. and Canada by Touchstone Pictures.  The Atlanta-born, New York raised filmmaker and Morehouse College and New York University film school graduate was in France to give a sneak showing of his new film, which is based on James McBride's fictional novel weaving factual events about black soldiers in the U.S. Army -- a Buffalo Soldier squadron -- who fought in World War Two and found more friendship and were treated better by and among the Axis enemy Italy on their travels than they did amongst their own fellow brethren U.S. soldiers.

Yesterday Mr. Lee announced that his next film would be a feature documentary on basketball legend Michael Jordan, which the National Basketball Association will finance.  The director, a big-time New York Knicks basketball fan and Senator Barack Obama supporter also had occasion to add politics to the mix, which for Mr. Lee is hardly surprising.  But with the disclosure of the new documentary on Mr. Jordan it seemed like an irresistible opportunity to add a comment or two when prompted about what he saw as a miracle of another kind: the chance Senator Hillary Clinton has to win the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination.

Mr. Lee, using a basketball analogy about a team trailing by at least ten points with only a few seconds before the game ends, said: "The score is set -- there's only so much time left on the clock.  And she's calling time outs, having her players do intentional fouls.  And all it's doing is dragging out the outcome of the game.  But it's over.  O-V-A-H.  Over.  Let me go Brooklyn on you: over."

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