The paper discusses Spike Lee's representation of "Malcolm X," trying to determine the political message that this film attempts to communicate.
# 59311 | 2,086 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jun 16, 2005 in African-American Studies (1950-Present) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)
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The author argues that, while Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" can be interpreted as an expression of African-Americans' desire to demonstrate that they powerfully stood up for their rights and demanded equal treatment, it cannot be considered an historical reference or source for the era, the rise of the Nation of Islam, or the emergence of Malcolm X as a nationalist symbol for black Americans. It explains that the film neither presents facts accurately nor comprehensively. In addition, it offers a mythical, not realistic, image of Malcolm X. The writer concludes that there is a need to establish certain standards of accuracy for historical films while accepting the director's right to creativity.
From the Paper:"American history, like the history of any other country, does not represent the viewpoint, experiences and struggles of the minority groups and lower classes. History is the history of the victors and the more powerful groups in a country. In "Revisioning History," Robert A Rosenstone quotes the Latin American historical filmmaker, Humberto Solas, as protesting against this saying, "because our history has been filtered through a bourgeoisie lens, we have been compelled to live with terrible distortions" (828). Most probably many African Americans would agree with Solas because American history has usually been presented as a white American history, both in films and textbooks. In "Subject to Countermemory," Maurice E. Stevens describes the way that American history has treated the black race as having "traditionally dehumanized or dehistoricized" them (278). American history, therefore, has not represented the African Americans and has written a mainly white history. However, the white American history has often been challenged by active African Americans who want to record the role that their people played in the nation's history and which, to some degree, helped shape the United States. One of these active African Americans is the filmmaker Spike Lee. In 1992 Spike Lee produced, helped write and directed the epic film "Malcolm X.""
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