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Spike Lee held an audience of fans spellbound in New York this week as he discussed how music has influenced his moviemaking down the years.
Speaking to host Nelson George at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan as part of the month-long Red Bull Music Acadamy Festival, the Brooklyn-based director summed it up when he said: ‘The way I use music is to tell the story.’
He cited the Beatles movies Help and Hard Day’s Night as his early inspirations and then discussed how his approach to music has evolved.
Lee, who’s worked across the full gamut of film-making from movies to documentaries to music videos and commercials, was on stage for almost two hours as a packed house hung on his every word.
He selected some of his favourite musical collaborations including the video for
Prince’s Money Don’t Matter 2 Night and his work with Michael Jackson on They Don’t Care About Us.
From his own movies Lee selected the wonderfully choreographed Good and Bad Hair routine from 1988’s School Daze and then the unforgettable opening sequence from his following film, Do the Right Thing, when debutant Rosie Perez danced with hypnotic power to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power.
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