Italians Angry With Lee

Italians Angry With Lee

  Poor Spike Lee can't catch a break.

Published September 30, 2008



Poor Spike Lee can't catch a break.

Not only did his "Miracle at St. Anna," his epic homage to the Buffalo Soldiers bomb at the box office, but now the Italians are upset about a scene in which 560 Italian civilians were killed by Nazi's and an anti-Fascist resistance group.

According to WENN, Lee and writer James McBride were bombarded with questions in Rome Monday about that particular scene which took place during WWII in a Tuscan Village in 1944. Veteran partisan groups are unhappy because they think the movie will ignite a backlash against them and raise questions about what they did during the war.

Lee and writer James McBride held a press conference in Rome on Monday where they were bombarded with questions about their portrayal of the slaughter - which took place in a Tuscan Village in 1944. In his defense, McBride dropped the "F" bomb.

"The real question for me was how to make St. Anna a reveal, because that is the craft of fiction. I'm very sorry if I have offended the partisans," McBride told reporters. "I have enormous respect for them. As a black American we understand what it's like for someone to tell your history, and they are not you. But unfortunately the history of World War II here in Italy is ours as well, and this was the best I could do."

Lee, however, was less diplomatic, adding: "I am not apologising for anything. I think these questions are evidence that there is still a lot about your history during the war that you (Italians) have got to come to grips with."

Written by Miki Turner


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