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09.30.08 39 Comments

Spike Lee, who knows a thing or two about bashing movies for historical inaccuracy, is facing a backlash of his own from Italian partisans over Miracle at St. Anna.  It seems the film incorrectly implies that an antifascist Italian partisan gave information to the Nazis which led to the 1944 massacre of 560 Italians. The writer was apologetic:

“This is a fictional story,” [James] McBride said. “The real question for me was how to make ‘St. Anna’ a reveal, because that is the craft of fiction.  I am very sorry if I have offended the partisans. I have enormous respect for them. As a black American, we understand what it’s like for someone to tell your history, and they are not you.  But unfortunately, the history of World War II here in Italy is ours as well, and this was the best I could do,” McBride added.

Yeah so settle down, people who risked death to fight fascism.  As a black guy, James McBride knows your struggle.  But wait, I’m sure Spike will clarify things!

“I am not apologizing for anything. I think these questions are evidence that there is still a lot about your history during the war that you (Italians) have got to come to grips with.
“This film is no clear picture of what happened. It is our interpretation, and I stand behind it.” [Variety]

You know, sometimes I feel bad for bashing Spike Lee as much as I do when his movies are important to so many people.  And it’s true, he tries to tell the stories that need to be told when not a lot of people are telling them.  The problem is, he’s such an arrogant little douchebag that the only side of the story he ever sees is his own.  Complain about racism all you want, Spike, and every once in a while you’re even right. But be honest with yourself, under different circumstances you would’ve made a great nazi.

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