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Spike Lee's documentary about the 1963 bombing of a church in BIrmingham, Alabama that killed 4 young girls is an appropriately quiet and direct telling of the events leading up to the tragedy and it's aftermath. Lee interviews family, friends and other witnesses and largely lets their words speak for themselves. He briefly uses morgue photos of the 4 girls to hammer home exactly what a senseless act like this does. It's a frustrating and infuriating film and it should be. It's one of his better films of the last 30 years.
I wasn't a huge fan of the music - it was a little distracting at times. However, the movie was very powerful.
The story is heartbreaking but told so well.
A must see documentary about the tragic bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama on Sunday 15th of September 1963 that took four innocent African American girls lives.
It focuses on the event itself & how it propelled the civil rights movement & the personal impact it had on the families associated.
It also chronicles the sick man who was not only responsible for this crime but most race related murders in Alabama at that time. It's an emotional documentary that shows their heartache & how it impacted the world.
A moving story about a great tragedy. This whole presentation was done beautifully!!! I have watched it several times!!!
Spike was robbed,should have gotten the Oscar, "Into the Arms of Strangers" notwithstanding. These four girls are America's Anne Franks, and this film should be seen widely, by families, in schools, everywhere. Done with more delicacy than Mr Lee usually allows himself.
Spike Lee's restrained documentary feels so focused on what it's trying to do that it doesn't have time to fall into the usual tropes many documentaries fall into. Keeping the focus on the testimonies of the family and the interviews of experts on the background of Birmingham's history, keeps everything from feeling like emotional manipulation. Lee seems to have an intimacy with his subjects which yields highly honest moments that I loved.
Pour son passage au documentaire, Spike Lee garde l'esprit frondeur qui a fait de son cinema ce qu'il est aujourd'hui et s'interesse a l'attentat contre une eglise afro-americaine a Birmingham en 1963. C'est alors l'occasion de realiser a travers la mort de 4 jeunes filles une etude sur la segregation aux USA. Mais plus que la tristesse, c'est la colere et l'interrogation qui dominent ce documentaire passionnant, berce par la musique impeccable de Terrence Blanchard. Et c'est ce qui le rend bien plus interessant que prevu.
One of the most powerful documentaries you'll ever see, and definitely one of Spike Lee's best movies.
Spike Lee does a masterful job of documenting the terrible crime that took the lives of these four children. It's hard to see the pain still so raw in parents, friends and siblings. This is appropriate to watch with the 50th anniversary of this crime just two days away.