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Spike Lee crafts complex, monumental look at Katrina

Spike Lee crafts complex, monumental look at Katrina

By Barry GarronFri Aug 18, 8:31 PM ET


Spike Lee calls his four-hour documentary on Hurricane Katrina a requiem, which it is, but that only begins to describe it.

The film, broken into four parts, is much more than a memorial chant to those who died in a natural disaster that went largely unmitigated by manmade relief. It also is a comprehensive look at what the storm did to the lives of the people who survived it.

The docu doesn't shrink from any part of the story. It includes the vast landscape of devastation, which is indisputable, as well as the assignment of blame for the tragic and inadequate response, some of which remains debatable. Lee's work is big enough to allow for conflicting opinions, though in most cases, it isn't hard to discern where the filmmaker stands.

There are powerful images and words during both nights, but if you must choose only one to watch, pick the first. Acts I and II deal with the predictions of the hurricane, the terrible storm and the immediate aftermath. The faces of Katrina's victims, as they describe their life-or-death ordeals, are flat-out unforgettable. Individual accounts put larger stories -- everything from the horrors at the Superdome to the extent of looting -- into greater perspective

Acts III and IV, though no less important to the telling of the story, are more reflective and less visceral. They highlight the inadequate government response and, through news footage and interviews, offer a variety of reasons and excuses. The final night also deals with life after Katrina including, in particular, a segment on the emotional wounds likely to last for generations. Both nights show the genius of Terence Blanchard, whose original music heightens the drama, and of the editors, who made superb choices from a huge volume of material.

Before 2005 ended, Lee had begun the first of his eight trips to New Orleans to gather the interviews and images that he would weave so masterfully into what may well be the ultimate account of this sorrowful chapter in American history. Overwhelmingly, his subjects were well chosen for the range of their experiences and their vivid first-person accounts. The few exceptions, such as Harry Belafonte and activist/candidate Rev. Al Sharpton, seemingly were picked to raise the level of indignation over the lack of adequate government response.

Katrina's swath of destruction was far wider than just the city of New Orleans. Lee acknowledges the damage to parts of Mississippi and other areas in Louisiana, but his focus is almost entirely on the Crescent City and its residents. Although Katrina's wrath was felt by everyone in its path, Lee is particularly sensitive to the toll it exacted on New Orleans' least powerful citizens, most of them black. While this adds to a subtext in the documentary that race was a key part of the story, it also focuses attention on the greatest human costs and the need to avert such suffering in the future.

Executive producer: Sheila Nevins; Supervising producer: Jacqueline Glover; Line producer: Butch Robinson; Producers: Spike Lee, Sam Pollard; Director: Spike Lee; Director of photography: Cliff Charles; Supervising editor: Sam Pollard; Editors: Getta Gandbhir, Nancy Novack; Original music: Terence Blanchard.

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has this aired on HBO yet? I can't wait to watch it. I know I can't see it when it airs because it airs in the middle of the work week but I have onDemand.
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I probably won't get to watch this until it's available on DVD.
Oh well, at least that way I can replay interviews with the politicians saying how proactive they were, and how they responded in the most efficient way possible.

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http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/whe...oke/index.html

Acts I and II premiere Monday, August 21 at 9pm (ET/PT), followed by Acts III and IV on Tuesday, August 22 at 9pm.
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Acts I and II premiere Monday, August 21 at 9pm (ET/PT), followed by Acts III and IV on Tuesday, August 22 at 9pm.
Awe man, I just got rid of HBO on Direct TV. I guess I'll just have to find a torrent or wait for the dvd release.
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Awe man, I just got rid of HBO on Direct TV. I guess I'll just have to find a torrent or wait for the dvd release.
You should know by now never to drop HBO.
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Ha. Yep.

I can't wait for this.
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I heard on the news that the film includes a segment advancing the following conspiracy theory: that the government blew up certain levees to deliberately submerge (and thus empty) black neighborhoods, so that white developers will get that land.
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I heard on the news that the film includes a segment advancing the following conspiracy theory: that the government blew up certain levees to deliberately submerge (and thus empty) black neighborhoods, so that white developers will get that land.
Well clearly that is impossible of a thing to happen because we all know our governement treats all of it's people equal.
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I heard on the news that the film includes a segment advancing the following conspiracy theory: that the government blew up certain levees to deliberately submerge (and thus empty) black neighborhoods, so that white developers will get that land.

Pfff...
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I've dropped it two times and everytime something I wan't to see comes on.

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I've dropped it two times and everytime something I wan't to see comes on.

That's what I'm saying.
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I heard on the news that the film includes a segment advancing the following conspiracy theory: that the government blew up certain levees to deliberately submerge (and thus empty) black neighborhoods, so that white developers will get that land.


Somebody's crazy uncle Jerome probably said that while he was sitting in his living room in his underwear watching the news coverage and it spread. Since I had never heard any such thing before that post, i'm going to hope that no reasonable person believes that.

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Somebody's crazy uncle Jerome probably said that while he was sitting in his living room in his underwear watching the news coverage and it spread. Since I had never heard any such thing before that post, i'm going to hope that no reasonable person believes that.
I specifically recall hearing it reported (as a fringe rumor, 2B sure) in the immediate aftermath of Katrina. BTW, Spike (in answering the interviewer's question about this) said that it was a very small part of the movie. (Had Oliver Stone been the guy who made it, that probably would have been the major theme).
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