4 Little Girls (1997)
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Critic Reviews for 4 Little Girls
There isn't an ounce of flab or hype, and the story it tells is profoundly affecting.
A compelling, straightforward account of a deeply sorrowful and pivotal event in the civil rights movement.
The big part of Lee's film commemorates the lives of the '4 little girls' who died, through the memories of parents, siblings and friends.
4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
Audience Reviews for 4 Little Girls
This marked Spike Lee's first attempt at a feature length documentary, and the results do not disappoint.
The subject matter, as you'd expect, is not new ground for him. In fact, he'd wanted to take a look at the story of how the deaths of four girls in Alabama played a role in the Civil Rights Movement for a long time...he just didn't get the opportunity until the late 90s.
Perhaps that is a good thing though. With such a touchy subject like this, it can be beneficial to let it settle so new perspectives can be gained. And, in the case of the surviving family and friends of the victims, it takes a lot of time to be ready and able to confront the past.
The film is quite well done. Yeah, there is a political message underneath it, but thankfully that aspect is downplayed, and the film is done mostly straightforward, with the events speaking for themselves, instead of Lee going at it Michael Moore-style.
It's all very sad, and moving, and powerful, but it's done tastefully and with great amounts of respect. The film doesn't just focus on the event itself, but also the Civil Rights Movement in the South at large. I kind of expected and hoped for this, anyway.
Even if you already know a great amount about the times, places, and events chronicled in this film, it's still a worthy piece of work for one's collection, especially as a scholarly/historical aid. For newcomers, it will be a very insightful, and probably shocking look at racial hatred and the tragic violence that too often is linked with it.
Regardless of how you feel about Spike Lee personally, this is essential viewing.
Brilliant Black director Spike Lee creates a compelling documentary on the lives of young Black people in the 50s. It's really good, if you like his work, you will want to see this movie as well.
An Outstanding Film. This is a selection of the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, and I must say that its one of there best selections to Date. Spike Lee is the Director of this movie and I will admit that I haven't enjoyed many of his films in the past but this one blew me away and touched my heart and opened my eyes to a city I have been many times, though this happened in 1963 I am sure that the people who were involved will and should never forget the racial injustice that was put upon the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. A must see for everyone no matter your race. Thank You Spike Lee, 5 stars
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