She's Gotta Have it

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 7:30 pm
1986, 84 minutes, black and white, 35mm
Written and directed by Spike Lee; with Tracy Camila Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, and Raye Dowell

Introduced by Justin Simien, writer-director of Dear White People

Spike Lee’s first feature, shot in 12 days with a budget of $175,000, was a critical and commercial dynamo, putting its filmmaker on the map and initiating a new era of African American cinema. Tracy Camila Johns plays Nola Darling, a young woman refreshingly open and comfortable about her sexuality, who weighs the merits of her three very different lovers (including Lee himself in his scene-stealing, feature-acting debut as Mars Blackmon). Lee’s collaboration with cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, a film-school colleague who went on to shoot Lee’s next five features, resulted in a strikingly confident black-and-white visual style. She’s Gotta Have It also boasts a lively jazz score by Lee’s father, veteran musician Bill Lee.

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.
Ticket includes admission to both films screening on same evening.
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