Trailer Park | Miracle at St. Anna

13 06 2008

In his 22 years of filmmaking, director/writer/producer Spike Lee has harbored a secret desire – to make a World War II film. With the release of his upcoming film, “Miracle at St. Anna,” Lee can scratch that off of his to-do-list.

For his 21st film, Lee tells the story of four soldiers from the army’s Negro 92nd Division who find themselves separated from their unit and behind enemy lines. Risking their lives for a country in which they are treated with less respect than the enemy they are fighting, they discover humanity in the small Tuscan village of St. Anna di Stazzema.

Celebrating his 22nd year of filmmaking, Lee’s latest film finds him in unchartered territory making a war film. Lee’s latest foray comes on the heels of Clint Eastwood’s bookend films, “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima, which Eastwood came under attack by Lee for the exclusion of African Americans in his story.

The story looks intriguing and even 22 years later, “Spike Lee Joints” still get us excited. Starring Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Matteo Sciabordi, “Miracle at St. Anna” opens nationwide on September 26.

Trailer grade: A




2 responses

13 06 2008

This movie is going to be the “bomb,” pun intended.:) Spike is bringing his flavor to this tale,set in WWII Tuscany. Having read both the excellent novel and the screenplay, I can say that Spike has the elements to do an excellent job here, examining the complex moral and religious landscape of war. This movie is deeper than firefights and mortar fire. Plus it’s going to be authentic in that the actors speak in their native languages of English, Italian, German and a smattering of Spanish (e.g., Laz Alonzo,who plays Hector Negron, the Puerto Rican Buffalo soldier, is Afro-Cuban and bilingual).

17 06 2008

Sorry, but the book is fully of silly mistakes, If the author bothered to send the manuscript to the experts he names at the end of the book, they could have easily cleaned it up for him. And since we are on the subject of multiculturalism, here’s a quote from page 262: “….Stamps couldn’t stand the Brazilians. He’s visited their camp once. It was filthy. No latrines. They didn’t even bother to bury their shit. The Gurkhas were even worse. They were psychotic, with their long robes and swords and screaming death cries. He heard they died by the dozens from tuberculosis because their bodies weren’t used to the cold.” I’m no expert on Brazilian latrines, but I do know that Gurkhas do not wear robes, carry knives(kukris), not swords, and come from the mountains of Nepal, where it can get quite cold.

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