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Speaking of Spike Lee

Tbdspike060707 Spike Lee is preparing new movie that pays tribute to black U.S. soldiers who fought during World War II, Reuters reports. Lee told Italian daily La Repubblica on Wednesday that the film, based on James McBride’s novel Miracle at St. Anna, aims to recognize the role of African-American soldiers.

“America started to remember the sacrifice of black soldiers in films on the Vietnam war, but before then, in those on World War II, they were almost invisible,” Lee said. “I recently met a black veteran who fought at Iwo Jima and he told me how hurt he was that he could not find a single African-American in Clint Eastwood’s two films (Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima).”

McBride’s book, based on a true story, is about a group of soldiers from the all-black 92nd "Buffalo" Division fighting against Nazi occupation in Tuscany. The film will be shot on location in Italy.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:13am]

    

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