He made headlines in late 2001 by auctioning a ticket to Michael Jordan's comeback game and donating the proceeds to a September 11 relief effort, and he borrowed a phrase from the lexicon of baseball line scores in titling Five for Five (the book that accompanied the release of his film Jungle Fever
)--implying that his fifth project, like his previous four trips to the plate, had resulted in a hit.
has been gripping the Midlands with viewers hooked on the latest series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Lee deserves praise for bringing to light sensitive issues like "jungle fever
" and uneducated African-American men.
DENVER Catch jungle fever
Pining for the tropics but can't afford the airfare?
9.0 36.5 U 9/8/95 Money Train 10.6 35.4 Sony 11/22/95 Jungle Fever
5.3 32.5 U 6/7/91 (in millions of $) Note: Table made from bar graph.
Interracial love scenes were removed from Devil in a Blue Dress, The Mighty Quinn, and The Pelican Brief Washington refused the lead role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever
, which instead was leapt upon by Wesley Snipes, who has publicly celebrated the fact that he does not date black women.
Shakespeare Jungle Fever
is hardly alone in being predictable and conforming to contemporary critical convention even as it makes the argument for its own and Shakespeare's transgressiveness and subversiveness, And I don't mean to fault it for doing what nearly everyone in the field also does.
Indeed, the combination of works under review suggests the analogy drawn from feminist studies of "first-wave," "second-wave," and "third-wave," with the collection Shakespeare and Race documenting the foundational archival and historiographical efforts of the mid- to late-twentieth century, "The Tempest" and Its Travels signaling the newer historical emphasis on the resonance between colonial and postcolonial concerns, and Shakespeare Jungle Fever
inaugurating a new cultural philology at the intersection of race, gender, and queer studies.
Broadly contextualizing African-American and gay culture of the '90s, Miles concludes that neither Jungle Fever
nor Paris Is Burning represents the perspectives of the minority community with which the directors identify.
We move on to fairly lengthy treatments of Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Jungle Fever
. These are well-developed, lively analyses, in which Malcolm X emerges as a lapse into Negritude's "nostalgic, sociopsychical terrain, inhibited by racially fixed black and white male anatomies" (41), while Jungle Fever
occupies a postNegritude space by virtue of its doubling (and thereby complicating) of the interracial love plots in the film.
One might say that in some of Lee's films (particularly Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever
) he achieves with race what Madonna achieved with sex.
In a warehouse space on Lansdowne Avenue in downtown Toronto, seasoned actor Ruby Dee (Jungle Fever
) and up-and-comer Isaiah Washington (Clockers) are huddled behind a piece of plywood waiting for Timothy Hutton (Beautiful Girls) and Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale) to deliver their lines and cue their entrance.