Spike Lee: Guest Programmer - 7/5
Spike Lee, one of our most exciting contemporary
producer-writer-directors, is a fan of great filmmakers of the past--to the point of collecting
their autographs on movie posters. Joining TCM host Robert Osborne as this month's Guest Programmer, Lee shows off original lobby
cards for three of his movie picks: Ace in the Hole (1951), signed by writer-director Billy
Wilder and star Kirk Douglas; On the Waterfront (1954), signed by screenwriter Budd
Schulberg and director Elia Kazan; and A Face in the Crowd (1957), also signed by Schulberg (a close friend with whom Lee once worked on an unfilmed script about boxer Joe Louis). A lover of powerfully filmed black-and-white dramas with strong social messages, Lee also programs
Charles Laughton's thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955), an "amazing film" starring Robert Mitchum.
Atlanta-born Lee, who enjoyed breakout success with his 1986 sex comedy She's Gotta Have It, has since written and directed such
provocative films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991) and Malcolm X (1992), starring Oscar®-nominated
Denzel Washington. New this year is Lee's Red
Hook Summer (2012).