4 Little Girls (1997)
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Director Spike Lee made his first feature-length documentary with this powerful story of the bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, AL, in 1963, which took the lives of four girls, ages 11 through 14. The shocking incident received national press attention and became a rallying point in the ongoing struggle for civil rights, but while Lee's film examines the crime, the perpetrators, and the long struggle to bring them to justice, it also offers a close look at the four girls
Jul 9, 1997 Limited
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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.
There is mostly sadness and regret at the surface in 4 Little Girls, but there is anger in the depths, as there should be.
4 Little Girls brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.
Spike Lee has launched another perfectly timed counteroffensive: a calmly wrenching mix of oral history and period newsreels.
It's presented with Lee's usual intelligence and clarity as he skilfully mixes politics with moving reminders of the lives it affects.
Time and tragedy may have flattened the four girls into remote paragons of youthful virtue, but the viciousness of anti-integrationist rhetoric is palpable and should never be forgotten.
Lee's filmmaking ... has the beauty of simplicity and the shadings of compassion.
Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated documentary, about one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement, balances personal and painful memories of many witnesses with a poignantly political expose of the event, the murder of four innocent girls.
Some of the credit for the two convictions may well be due to Spike Lee's memorable 1997 documentary...which brought new attention to the case.
Immensely gripping in its outrage and poignancy. Nobody knows how to bring the disdain of racial to the forefront like the skilled Spike Lee
a clear example that film auteurs can handle a variety of genres when inspired
The movie is strongest when Lee keeps his eye on the prize: the experiences of ordinary people in an extraordinary time.
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