Jungle Fever (1991)
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Spike Lee defines "jungle fever" as sexual attraction between members of two races. In his film Jungle Fever, he examines the repercussions of an interracial affair upon two very distinct communities. Wesley Snipes is Flipper, a happily married and successful architect, and Annabella Sciorra is Angie, an office temp. When she starts working in Flipper's Manhattan office, one day they look at each other and are soon having sex over a blueprint-strewn desk. Their liaison causes an explosion on
Jun 7, 1991 Wide
May 15, 2001
MCA Universal Home Video
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Lee tackles the subject of interracial romance from the unavoidable vantage point that, while things today are more open, they are also considerably more volatile and complex.
There are so many voices you may think you're swimming through a maelstrom, but thanks to Lee it's all superbly orchestrated.
Instead of showing how prejudice seeps into the private intimacies of daily life, the film turns its attention to the other characters.
Jungle Fever is not to be underestimated or ignored.
Brilliant when it examines the people who surround his feverish couple, but uncertain when it comes to the lovers themselves.
A thematic follow up to Do the Right Thing, this is a powerful melodrama about the fatal and fateful effects of interracial romance.
Lee brings a shotgun to a knife fight, but his visual energy is undeniably effective, spraying the screen with venom and appalling realities, with most of the feature locked in confessional mode.
Includes a number of memorable set pieces, most notably a visit to a crack den which, accompanied by the epic sound of Stevie Wonder's "Living In The City," is simply unforgettable.
It's uneven, but its best moments -- such as Samuel L Jackson's performance -- are amongst Lee's finest achievements on film.
Though Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra perform well, the script provides no deeper motivations or meanings for their relationship. Situations around them prove more interesting and dynamic.
Spike Lee's blunt and flippant look at forbidden interracial romance set against an urban backdrop of ethnic cynicism. Nobody knows how to examine the hostility of race relations in the movies so effectively such as the brash Lee. Jungle Fever is confront
Lee is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past two decades, and the challenges, sincerity, humanity and fierceness of his work are all on display in Jungle Fever.
A smart, very assured film about interracial relations but also about racial misconceptions in general.
Spike Lee's disturbing film about the racial, gender, class, and social tensions in urban America.
Lee's mosaic has some masterful background details but a gaping hole at the center.
I believe that Lee has some interesting things to say about it, but he gets too weighted down by the dubiousness of it all.
Lee is never content to show one side of the picture and he attempts to address issues that he's not even convinced he's on the wrong side of.
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