Italians Rip Spike Lee History

   Oct. 1, 2008 – Hollywood’s inclination to revise real events to suit moviemaking objectives seems to have caught up with filmmaker Spike Lee.
   His WWII black soldier drama Miracle at St. Anna is being criticized in Italy by surviving resistance fighters who opposed fascism and Nazi occupation. The film depicts a tragic real life massacre of 500 innocent civilians by the Nazis as triggered by a resistance fighter colluding with them. Elderly surviving resistance fighters say that’s not true.
   Filmmaker Lee, who is in Italy promoting the film, rejected criticism and held out creative freedom as his defense. “I would not allow anybody to tell me how to make a film, be it a partisan or the president of the United States,” Lee told a news conference in Florence on Wednesday after a preview screening, according to Italian media.
   Lee has said the film is an attempt to set the record straight about American blacks fighting in WWII. In the U.S., the $45 million production opened to a so-so $3.5 million weekend Sept 26-28 via Disney.
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