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Bamboozled
2001
Directed by Spike Lee

4 stars


Lee's most acerbic, bravely independent film since Do The Right Thing did not receive cinema release in Australia to my knowledge, but is available on video. Taking the core idea of The Producers and giving it a strongly polemical twist Lee has a yuppie black television writer, in order to get fired, devise an abysmal black minstrel show. The show's a hit, with disastrous consequences for all concerned. Shot using miniDV with super 16mm film for the minstrel sequences, options taken for financial reasons, the result is hardly a crowd pleaser, the medium, which makes this look more like a documentary or home movie, despite Lee's trademark fluidity, was the principal hurdle for me, but the content is also highly politicized and intentionally confrontational. BH

 

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