A Huey P. Newton Story

(Spike Lee, USA, 2001)


Spike Lee’s remarkable performance film A Huey P. Newton Story reveals exciting possibilities for digital creativity.

Lee does not so much ‘open up’ Roger Guenveur Smith’s astonishing monologue – a portrait of the Black Panther theorist suspended and raving in some indeterminate moment of his existence – as burrow into it, matching the micro-rhythms of the actor’s speech with inserts and ‘windows’ of deftly edited archival imagery.

This is a theatre-cinema hybrid at its impurest – and finest.

MORE Lee: Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, The Original Kings of Comedy, Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, Lumière and Company, Girl 6

© Adrian Martin October 2001

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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