Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Spike Lee. 2000, 135 mins. 35mm. With Damon Wayans, Savion Glover and Jada Pinkett Smith. Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans) is a nose-turned-up intellectual whose TV series pitches, all designed to portray black people in a positive light, keep getting turned down by his casually racist network boss (Michael Rappaport). Pierre finally pitches the most insensitive ramshackle program he can conjure in an effort to get fired, but the network instead loves his pitch and immediately starts production on a “New Millennium Minstrel Show.” Spike Lee’s first film of the new millennium is “howling with gallows laughter” (Ashley Clark), and downright Makavejevian in its ambiguous character sympathies.
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