Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1986. 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. Screenplay by Spike Lee. Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson. Produced by Spike Lee. Music by Bill Lee. Production Design by Wynn Thomas. Costume Design by John Michael Reefer. Film Editing by Spike Lee. Independent Spirit Awards 1986.
Nola is a gorgeous woman who can’t decide between the three men she’s sleeping with, nor is she sure about rejecting the advances of a woman who is in love with her. Ignoring the label she’s been given as a loose woman, she insists it is simply her need to live a full life that drives her to be so carefree with the occupancy of her bed. This debut film by Spike Lee is shot in black-and-white and has a loose, free attitude that makes watching it feel like listening to good jazz, plus features black characters who, unlike the general representation in eighties movies, are fully sexual and not just there to make white people laugh. The story isn’t very compelling, nor are the characters overly bewitching in any way, but Tracy Camilla Johns‘s lovely performance will keep you in your seat, as will the dry and charming humour that Lee includes in every scene.