, which is ostensibly about an interracial love affair (between Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra) is an especially ripe example of this tendency.
Snipes, who Lee propelled toward stardom a year earlier in , looks as if he’s just trying to figure out why he agreed to play a character named “Flipper Purify.” The star-of-tomorrow moment goes to Samuel L. (1990) A sprawling, unfocused, cliché-ridden tribute to jazz, with original music by Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard and Denzel as a sexy-stud trumpeter.
Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia.
At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. His father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a school teacher.
In 1996, Lee directed two movies: the badly received comedy, Girl 6 (1996), and the politically pointed, Get on the Bus (1996), about a group of men going to the Million Man March.