Driving south from the Dolomites to Venice two summers ago, my future wife and I passed dozens of identical billboards advertising the United Colors of Benetton. This idyllic picture of interracial friendship was shattered near Belluno. Someone had thrown a rock through the wallpapered head of the black boy and had scribbled in Italian, Questi colori non mischiano-''These colors do not mix. Leaving a crowded movie house in Boston the other night, I thought Spike Lee must have arrived at the same conclusion with his fatalistic, one-dimensional portrayal of interracial romance in his latest film, ''Jungle Fever.
MIXED COUPLES BELIE SPIKE LEE`S MESSAGE OF DESPAIR - Chicago Tribune
Late afternoon in a midtown recording studio. Shadows converge. Controlled excitement. Malcolm X is in the final stages of production. Spike Lee is separated from his controversial creation by the glass wall that divides from the screen on which black-and-white images of Malcolm flicker. Actors and actresses, black and white, are looping — synchronizing voices to actions in crowd scenes: Black women gather at th Street in Harlem to be interviewed by prospective white employers; this Park Avenue "maids' market" more closely resembles a chattel market, an auction for living souls Sidewalk preachers and activists on stepladders woo and harangue churchgoing crowds on Harlem Square.
MIXED COUPLES BELIE SPIKE LEE`S MESSAGE OF DESPAIR
Culture Film. Skin and tones America's acceptance of interracial love in the movies has come a long way since Sidney Poitier and even early Spike Lee, but some things are still beyond the pale Elvis Mitchell Sunday 25 March The Observer When Spike Lee used the title Jungle Fever for his film about the doomed romance between a black man and a white woman - a storyline that almost exists as its own sub-genre - he knew exactly what he was doing. He was playing on a conversation that has not stopped since D.
In , the same year the Supreme Court case Loving vs. Yet in both real and reel life, black-white romantic relationships were problematic, fraught with legal and social taboos. Beginning with D. Black man, white woman is the ultimate taboo.