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Spike Lee on Eastwood and the Coen Brothers

SpikeLee.jpgHot on the heels of announcing his Michael Jordan documentary, Spike Lee has also had a few things to say about Clint Eastwood and The Coen Brothers.

Spike Lee was speaking at the Cannes film festival while promoting his World War II film, Miracle at St. Anna. The film is due for release later this year. On the subject of the Coen brothers he has this to say on Yahoo! about their attitude to life and death in films:

I always treat life and death with respect, but most people don't. Look, I love the Coen brothers; we all studied at NYU. But they treat life like a joke. Ha ha ha. A joke. It's like, 'Look how they killed that guy! Look how blood squirts out the side of his head!' I see things different than that."

He also took the opportunity to make a point about Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers. He took exception to the lack of black soldiers portrayed in the films:

Clint Eastwood made two films about Iwo Jima that ran for more than four hours total, and there was not one Negro actor on the screen. If you reporters had any balls you'd ask him why. There's no way I know why he did that -- that was his vision, not mine. But I know it was pointed out to him and that he could have changed it. It's not like he didn't know.

Some pretty strong viewpoints there. Do you agree with them?





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