Friday, July 11, 2014 | 9 pm
2000, 135 minutes, color, 35mm
Written and directed by Spike Lee; with Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Michael Rapaport, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, and Paul Mooney

Introduced by actor-comedian Damon Wayans

Spike Lee made one of his most daring films with this 2000 comedy-drama, a scathing look at racial stereotypes in popular culture. Damon Wayans stars as Pierre Delacroix, an uptight Ivy League–educated TV writer who proposes a modern-day minstrel show as a protest against television portrayals of African Americans, only to see his series become an unexpected and unironic ratings blockbuster. The supporting cast includes Jada Pinkett Smith (as Delacroix's assistant) and Tommy Davidson and Tony Award–winning choreographer Savion Glover as the stars of the minstrel show, titled Mantan. Lee worked with cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), shooting in an unusual mixture of digital (for the real-world scenes) and film (for the Mantan sequences).

Presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'  ongoing series at LACMA.

LACMA, Bing Theater
$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID | $5 General public 
Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
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