Four Little Girls
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From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, sparks the nation's outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country.]]>
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I hesitate to compare 4 Little Girls to Schindler's List, and yet it has that same quality of being a restrained, dignified recounting of an emotional incident. Spike Lee had been wanting to tell this story since before he became a noted filmmaker, and Lee brings all of his remarkable talents to bear. The movie is not flashy, just quietly gripping.
Lee frames the incident within the bigger picture of the Southern civil rights movement, particularly as it took place within an inflamed Birmingham. We see the town's police commissioner, Bull Connor--described by one interviewee as "the dark spirit of Birmingham"--keeping order in town while driving a tank painted white, an image that is sure to bring gasps to those who aren't familiar with the full story (which, I humbly admit, included me). And we see a repentant Gov. George Wallace, dragging a reluctant black colleague on camera so that Wallace can introduce him as "my best friend in the world." (Notably, the "friend" looks quite unconvinced.)
It is that Wallace footage that might seem the most showy in a documentary otherwise bereft of editorializing. But it seems right to include the footage after seeing how the segregationist tactics of Wallace and others led indirectly to the deaths of Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, and Cynthia Wesley.Read more ›
The DVD extras are very good, particularly the pathetic interview with the notorious George Wallace uncut. Poor Ed (see the film and you'll understand that last statement).
Only minor complaint is that there isn't a scene selection on the DVD. You'll have to watch it all the way through. Also, it would be nice if some mention was made of Johnny Robinson and Virgil Ware (the two little boys who were also killed on that fateful Sunday, which is another story waiting to be told).
But that aside, it's great that Spike did this while so many of those who were around to remember all this are still alive. This is history that needs to be seen.
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I absolutely get absorbed in watching this documentary. It's an excellent piece about the 4 young black girls who died in a church that was bombed by white racists. Read morePublished 3 months ago by coralpink
Enjoyed the lesson of what happened in Birmingham. Wonderful movie!Published 5 months ago by Hope M. Broussard
Very hard to watch, but very important to watch. It's important to know about this event. It was a horrible tragedy that, for some reason, doesn't get much press. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Allison Garwood
I'm from the city and state where the bombing of the 4 little girls occurred. This is part of my state and race history.Published 5 months ago by jamesha