For the past week and a half, all of the Spike Lee talk around the industry has been about his back and forth with Clint Eastwood over the lack of black soldiers depicted in Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. It was all just a not-so subtle reminder that Spike is a talker, a man of constant words who won’t hesitate to make himself heard. In the end, the whole thing was rather annoying and unnecessary, with two great directors just mouthing off to the media about each other.
Thankfully the Spike v. Clint bout seems to have come to an end and a new trailer has been released for Lee’s upcoming WWII film Miracle at St. Anna. The trailer, which can be seen below, looks extremely solid, as you would expect from Spike Lee, the director.
I can tell you, after having a chance to speak with Spike at a press event on the campus of Ohio State University a few months back, that this is a project for which he has a lot of passion. And as a filmmaker, Lee has always been able to deliver engaging material onto the screen without being overly preachy. Many people, myself included, were greatly impressed by his work with Inside Man, his 2006 release that starred Denzel Washington and Clive Owen. Since then Spike has gone back to the world of non-fiction and activism, delivering the TV mini-series documentary “When the Levees Broke” about the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
With Miracle at St. Anna, he tells the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped behind Nazi lines in a Tuscan village in Italy in 1944. The film stars Laz Alonso, Derek Luke, John Turturro, D.B. Sweeney and Michael K. Williams. It will hit theaters on September 26, 2008.
Sound Off: What do you think of the first trailer for Miracle at St. Anna?