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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).

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