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Crime Scribes Do First ‘Inside’ Job

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/crime_scribes_do_first_inside_job_20060324

In his first decade as a filmmaker, Spike Lee wrote or co-wrote all of his films, which typically examined race in New York and featured African American protagonists. He began to diverge a bit in "Clockers" (1995), which he scripted with novelist Richard Price. Although "Clockers" was told more from the point of view of the teenage African American drug dealer than the half-Jewish, half-Italian cop played by Harvey Keitel, it led to other pictures like "Summer of Sam" (1999), with its ensemble cast of white characters from a Bronx Italian neighborhood, and the more recent "25th Hour" (2002), a film in which Lee does not have a screenwriting credit and which stars Edward Norton as a convict on his way to jail.

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