Spielberg Not Only Directed a Film With Black Female Leads, It's Also One of the Greatest Black American Films

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What, no Get Out? Brilliant film...
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Thank you for turning me onto The Root, love it.
Something about Coppola makes me sick, maybe this is it. Just sunbathing in the privelage. Yuck.
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Good Evening Charles,
I nominate these three films:

"Odds Against Tomorrow" by Robert Wise (1959)
"Nothing but a Man" by Buddy Roemer (1964)
and
"Shadows" by John Cassavettes (1959?)

All are masterpieces and ahead of their time.

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Just curious, is Mudede yay or nay on Mankiewicz 's No Way Out?
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I am really glad to see someone stick up for The Color Purple, I have always thought it was under-appreciated, and criticism of it on the basis of Spielberg being a white man, off-base.

You don't have to like Spielberg's style or let him off the hook for unexamined privilege to grant that he's a technically gifted filmmaker, the source material was great, and at that point in his career Spielberg had the clout to attract top-notch talent to the project. Why *shouldn't* it have been a great movie?

I totally get wanting to see the stories of black Americans told by black American directors, but even so it costs nothing to give credit where it's due in this case.
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Good Morning Charles,
I neglected to mention "Boyz in the Hood" by John Singleton (1990). That too, is a masterpiece.
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Excellent post, Charles.....Christmas Day, 1985, Uptown Cinemas, with my Mom and Dad and Sister, I'm 21 then, and to be honest, at first I'm more concerned that Spielberg did a film without a John Williams score! Then the film starts...My Mother is from Korea, her family was wiped out in front of her when she was a little girl, she was raised in orphanages. My dad was 18, and Uncle Sam sent him to Korea...they met and came to Seattle when Boeing would hire anybody in a uniform,,,,Anyway, my mom sobs during the film, especially at the tragedies that befall Oprah's character. At the end, she is blown away and says, that's a film about women, that's a film about women surviving....That's how I remember the Color Purple, as a [iece of art that transcends circumstance and gets to the heart of things real fast....All the Spielberg detractors, all the hearts, oh well,,,I've seen this film rip a response from the heart and demand that its story be told and that its story be true! Yeah, Chuck, it's a solid Spielberg flick!
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Honestly I don't even understand the purpose of attack some actors privilege because they didn't recall a movie from 32 years ago. Who wins?
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Cleopatra Jones.
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The Learning Tree directed by the great Gordon Parks?