Spike Lee Promotes Miracle at St. Anna in Italy

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Spike Lee is gearing up for “Miracle at St. Anna”, a $45 million dollar World War II movie about black Americans fighting in Italy. But that’s not the interesting part, it’s this article at Variety, which claims the bold title, “Spike Lee attacks Hollywood films”. Before reading the article, I expected your trademark Spike Lee vicious rant against “Whitey”, but instead it was, well, kind of weak. Here’s what Lee said: “If you look at the history of Hollywood, the black soldiers who fought World War II are totally invisible… This is the paradox: black people who were fighting for democracy but at the same time were second class citizens at home.” Apparently to Variety that’s called “attacking”. Hmm…

Anyways, more from Lee’s Italy trip:

Also on hand at the presser were 82-year-old WWII vet William Perry, a member of a Buffalo Soldiers unit made up of black Americans who fought the Nazis in Italy, and Moreno Costa, an Italian anti-Fascist partisan who fought alongside Italy’s American liberators.

Perry said his 15,000-strong Buffalo Soldiers battalion suffered 3,000 casualties in Italy.

Lee was in Rome en route to scouting Tuscan locations for the $45 million drama, which producers Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini are still in talks to secure financing for. Neither Italian nor international distributors are yet in place.

I hope the film gets made. Despite his sometimes loudmouthy ways, I’m anxious to see what the guy who did “Do the Right Thing” can do with a big budget and World War II action.

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  • sery

    Photos of the group appeared with Spike Lee at the end of shooting shot yesterday in Gioviano along the Serchio Valley, for the filming of Miracle awaited films at Sant Anna, on Nazi massacre of 12 August 1944.

    link video:http://www.lefaremosapere.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5eb7a6ec44c54d29ed40

  • sery

    Photos of the group appeared with Spike Lee at the end of shooting shot yesterday in Gioviano along the Serchio Valley, for the filming of Miracle awaited films at Sant Anna, on Nazi massacre of 12 August 1944.

    link video:http://www.lefaremosapere.com/view_video.php?viewkey=5eb7a6ec44c54d29ed40

  • Barbara Walters

    I just saw the movie tonight. I found it to be very good I sat through it spell bound. I am of African descent and sat with a mostly Caucasian audience including my husband and girl friend. It is quite interesting the negative feedback I got from a white stranger as we were leaving something that had a tone of resentlment. Following the end of the film the audiance were silent. I commented loud enough for others to hear go Spike!. That’ when the woman said there he is pointing to his poster. I am proud of Spike’s vision and tenacity to set the record straight about our African soldiers who have been fighting wars and still are treated as less than. What really gets me is the reaction of some Caucasians who seem not to want to accept that we have something to be angry about. They don’t need to feel quilty about what their ancestors have done, just try to be empathic. And don’t be angry with our African artists that will use their artistry to tell it like it is. Much to my dissappointment my husband commented on how was it that a postal worker had a german luga at his work station. Well I feel Caucasians are people are more critical of African artistry than compared to their own work about their history. Well get used to it. We have to learn to dialogue, sit with the pain and move on. Go Spike Lee!!!

  • Barbara Walters

    I just saw the movie tonight. I found it to be very good I sat through it spell bound. I am of African descent and sat with a mostly Caucasian audience including my husband and girl friend. It is quite interesting the negative feedback I got from a white stranger as we were leaving something that had a tone of resentlment. Following the end of the film the audiance were silent. I commented loud enough for others to hear go Spike!. That’ when the woman said there he is pointing to his poster. I am proud of Spike’s vision and tenacity to set the record straight about our African soldiers who have been fighting wars and still are treated as less than. What really gets me is the reaction of some Caucasians who seem not to want to accept that we have something to be angry about. They don’t need to feel quilty about what their ancestors have done, just try to be empathic. And don’t be angry with our African artists that will use their artistry to tell it like it is. Much to my dissappointment my husband commented on how was it that a postal worker had a german luga at his work station. Well I feel Caucasians are people are more critical of African artistry than compared to their own work about their history. Well get used to it. We have to learn to dialogue, sit with the pain and move on. Go Spike Lee!!!