Thursday 16th February 2017 - 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Palmer Building
Spike Lee takes Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata as the basis for a modern tale of gangland and gun crime in Chicago mixed, operatic-style, with funny skits and musical numbers. He is engaging, and enraged, about America’s poisonous love affair with guns. Communities are under fire; a young girl is killed in a shooting and in retaliation the women mount a sex-strike which deprives the men of ‘their peace, their piece…’ “This is an emergency!” is the opening line, seen in blood-red, challenging the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world. Dripping with style.
Spike Lee’s satire a return to engaging, enraged form… – The Star (Chicago)
When the violence in the black community, both from within and from above is this rampant, worrying about being offensive is a luxury you can’t have – The Guardian
Spike Lee has had operatic tendencies. With Chi-Raq he’s sprung loose, coming close to breaking the narrative for amusing skits and musical numbers – The Guardian
USA 2015 – directed by Spike Lee – with Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack – 127min