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Cannes: Spike Lee Damns President Trump for Not Denouncing the Klan

Cannes: Spike Lee Damns President Trump for Not Denouncing the Klan

The film, which is about an African-American cop who goes undercover in the KKK, focuses on focuses on Ron Stallworth - played by John David Washington - who worked as a police officer in the early '70s. Based on the trailer, it appears Lee has managed to make both a fun and entertaining buddy cop movie and a topical and political film that he's built his career on.

From beginning to end, the BlacKkKlansman trailer is a testament to Spike Lee's skill behind the camera.

Spike Lee has given film fans a first look at his new movie, BlacKkKlansman. By pretending to be a white supremacist over the phone and sending a white officer in his place for in-person meetings, he was able to become the head of the local KKK chapter and sabotage their activities from within.

The US release date of 10 August also coincides with the beginning of James Fields Jr's trial, the man Lee refers to as "the motherfucker psychopath who plows his vehicle down through a crowded street and killed Heather Heyer".

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In the film, Lee tackles the Ku Klux Klan, but he's doing so by telling a very unconventional true story, and one apparently aided by the kind of dark humor not often seen in such features.

The film is premiering in competition at the Cannes film festival and is based on Stallworth's memoir. The film reportedly earned a 10-minute standing ovation, with a beaming Lee soaking it all up.

The film is produced by Lee and Get Out's Jordan Peele and Jason Blum. It was among the most highly anticipated titles at Cannes this year and immediate reaction was positive.


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