Spike Lee Goes to War with Miracle at St. Anna

The feisty auteur finds racism and redemption on the battlefield


The director on location in Tuscany for Miracle at St. Anna, his film about black soldiers in World War II

Miracle at St. Anna opens with images of John Wayne and his men in the World War II movie The Longest Day flickering on a TV screen in harsh black and white. Make that all white. An elderly African American (Laz Alonso) stares at the TV and murmurs, "Pilgrim, we fought for this country too."

Earlier this year, Spike Lee picked a fight with Clint Eastwood over the lack of black soldiers in Eastwood's Iwo Jima films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Clint opined that "a guy like that...

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