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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Spike Lee's latest Film Project....

From FrostIllustrated.com:

Black WWII soldiers subject of upcoming Spike Lee film

Behind the Scenes

By Antracia Merrill-Moorings

Saluting Black Soldiers: Spike Lee says he will pay tribute to black soldiers who served in America's second World War in a new film to be shot in Italy. "America started to remember the sacrifice of black soldiers in films on the Vietnam War, but before then, in those on World War II, they were almost invisible," Lee was quoted as saying in Italian newspaper "La Republica." "I recently met a black veteran who fought at Iwo Jima and he told me how hurt he was that he could not find a single African American in Clint Eastwood's two films," Lee said. "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" are Eastwood's 2006 films about the 1945 battle of Iwo Jima told from the perspective of American and Japanese soldiers respectively. Lee is planning a film based on James McBride's novel "Miracle at St. Anna," which follows the true story of soldiers from the 92nd, allblack Buffalo Division fighting against Nazi occupation in Tuscany, and the friendship between one of them and a six-year-old Italian orphan. Lee said African American contribution to the country's war effort at the time was all the more paradoxical given that they were still suffering under racial segregation on the home front. "Despite the fact that they had been slaves for more than 300 years and that they were still at the time subject to terrible forms of discrimination, black men fought like heroes," Lee said in the article published Wednesday. "They behaved like patriots while their brothers were lynched or at best considered second-class citizens."

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