Saturday, June 15, 2024

(Watch) Spike Lee’s Short Film Set to “New York, New York” Is a Tribute That Will Make You Cry and Applaud


Spike Lee thanks Tina Sinatra for letting him use her father’s famous recording of Kander and Ebb’s “New York, New York” for his wonderful short film. You will cry and applaud at the end of it.

There are so many great Spike Lee moments in film, like the whole dancing scene in “Blackkklansman” or the crack house in “Jungle Fever” set to Stevie Wonder’s “Living in the City.” In this video, at about 1:50, a basketball hoop turns into the clock over the information booth in Grand Central. That’s when this film reminded me of Pennebaker’s “Daybreak Express.” It’s magical.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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