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Malcom X
Historical Background
Malcom X is a biographical drama which is mainly based on the life, experiences and
achievements of the famous American activist, Malcom X. The film, which was directed by
Spike Lee, has Denzel Washington in the starring role alongside other participants such as
Angela Basset, Albert Hall and Al Freeman. The film was released in 1992 and has since
remained a popular autobiographical representation of the life of Malcom X, one of the greatest
decorators of America’s history. Spike Lee is not only an American actor and professor but also
a re-known producer and director of movies and documentaries. Since 1983, he has produced
more than 35 films having made his directorial debut with 1986’s “She’s Gotta Have it.” Lee’s
work revolves around contemporary issues such as the challenge of race, colorism, urban and
crime poverty, political issues as well as the role of media in contemporary life (Lee 5).
The film’s cinematographic aspects were accomplished by Ernest Dickerson and edited
by Barry Alexander. 40 Acres and Mule Film works is the production company behind the film.
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