Spike Lee Joints on Youtube
Spike Lee remains as one of the most provocative and influential filmmakers, especially in the 90’s. Here are my favorites of Spike’s videos that can be found on YouTube.
The biggest surprise was finding the entire version of When the Levees Broke, a 4 hour documentary on Katrina and New Orleans. This film is Lee’s best non-fiction work and the best Katrina related film I have seen. The film goes to the very roots of the Katrina disaster (the man-made one) following the trails of race, Louisiana oil and politics.
The entire film comes in 26 parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26. Youtube made fall cleaning.
The movie’s still available on GoogleVideo: Parts1 & 2, Parts 3 & 4
Also check out this montage submitted by a user: When the Levees Broke
Another doc by Spike on the Gore and Bush 2000 Election aptly titled We Wuz Robbed
Scenes from films
Fuck You scene from 25th Hour. Whew! I gotta catch this movie.
Love and Hate â€“ famous scene from Do The Right Thing, still my favorite Spike Lee film.
Da Bomb/Timmi Hillnigger from Bamboozled.
Smackin’ My Hoes from Bamboozled.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in relation to Spike Lee’s being found work online. This guy works more than any director in or outside of Hollywood. And though he remains one of the most well known directors, his work sadly is under-appreciated. I still don’t know how Do the Right Thing did not make AFI’s Best 100 films of the 20th century.
Update 2: WTLB is avaibable on Google video, check above!
Update: So HBO has taken down When the Levees Broke on Youtube. If someone at HBO is reading this post, hear me out for one second.
I am a filmmaker myself so I understand your need to protect your assets. However, I urge you to reconsider and doing one of two things: 1) get the DVD out now because people need to see it NOW! 2) if you cannot do that for whatever reason, then let it live in the public domain or at least ignore it living in the public domain.
But whatever you do, please don’t let this film sit on a bookshelf or behind premium cable membership. New Orleans is still a mess, the people who fucked up are still in power and they need a kick in the butt. This film can make a difference but it needs a large audience to achieve its purpose which is to pressure governement on all levels to act better, NOW!
I am afraid each day this film is not seen, the less it will change this country for the better. Overlook the film business, do a service to your people, your viewers, your non-viewers. Be more than just a business.
Thank You. And get Spike Lee a show on HBO!