A candid account of one of America's most provocative filmmakers that belongs on the shelf of any serious movie lover.
This biography of one of the first black men to perform in, direct, and produce major films reads like a juicy gossip story. Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, but he grew up in New York. A Morehouse graduate like his father and grandfather, Lee later attended the New York University Film School. While particulars about the making of over a dozen films and documentaries, including Crooklyn, Mo' Better Blues, Inside Man and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, are offered, Lee's idiosyncrasies, such as his combined love and dislike for certain family members and his need to lead and dominate, seem to take center stage. However, the details of how he met his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, are charming, and the glimpses of his love and adoration for his children are heartfelt. His work, and the praise of many of today's famous black actorsHalle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipesincluded in one or more of his films, make him a worthy subject of a book that readers interested in filmmaking and Lee's personal life will quickly devour.