Movie Fact #188 - April 19th, 2021

 

The message of 2018's BlacKkKlansman in no way is subtle and that's how director Spike Lee prefers it. To enhance the message of white supremacies threat to minorities, he not only creates a reel in the final minutes of the film to connect the historical events of the story to contemporary times, but he also featuers a sequence where actor Harry Belafonte recounts the 1916 lynching of Jesse Washington. In the role of Jerome Turner, according to Spike Lee, he commanded his crew on the day of filming Belafonte's scene to dress for the occasion in suits and dresses to honor Belafonte. Part of the reason for this show of respect was Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's and 1960's and was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. himself. Stay tuned!

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