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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

2015, regia di Spike Lee


Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks - Distribuzione: Gravitas Ventures, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Vimeo On Demand - Soggetto: Spike Lee, Bill Gunn - Sceneggiatura: Spike Lee - Fotografia: Daniel Patterson - Montaggio: Randy Wilkins - Art Director: Cln - Scenografia: Kay Lee - Set Decoration: Philippa Culpepper - Costumi: Ruth E. Carter - Musiche: Bruce Hornsby - Formato: Color - Durata: 123'.

Cast: Felicia Pearson, Elvis Nolasco, Zaraah Abrahams, Steven Hauck, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Rami Malek, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Joie Lee, Jeni Perillo, Katherine Borowitz, Donna Dixon, Chiz Schultz, Lauren Macklin, Stephen Henderson, Rafael Osorio, Cinqué Lee, Lil Buck, Naté Bova, Al Palagonia.






Trama e commenti: - - - - - «Hess Greene, antropologo afro-americano benestante e colto, è intento a studiare alcuni reperti provenienti da un'antica tribù africana quando viene a contatto con un antico pugnale Ashanti. Complice l'arrivo dell'ansioso collega Lafayette Hightower e qualche bicchiere di troppo, ne consegue una notte segnata da un omicidio sanguinoso e da un suicidio. Il pugnale africano rende però Hess immortale e con una insaziabile dipendenza dal sangue. La nuova sete ossessionerà da quel momento ogni sua mossa fino a quando l'amore non gli presenterà una nuova sfida da affrontare».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - - - - «This was a film that Spike Lee funded through kickstarter and is a remake of the classic 1973 vampire film Ganja and Hess. Now I have seen it suggested, on the heels of this remake, that Ganja and Hess was simply a blaxploitation movie. Not so. The original cut of Ganja and Hess was first shown at the Critics’ Week at the 1973 Cannes Festival, to a standing ovation. Unfortunately it was then butchered into a blaxploitation cut (it can be found in this form under the titles Blood Couple and Black Vampire on vhs).  In 2006 director Bill Gunn’s original vision was finally released onto DVD and it is a powerful piece of cinema in its own right and sits in my Top 100 vampire movies. Spike, therefore, has a lot to live up to with this remake. After scenes of Lil Buck dancing in various urban locations we cut to a scene in the Heaven Baptist Church. Whilst the congregation listen intently to the sermon, responding to the points made by the preacher with zeal, Dr Hess Greene (Stephen Tyrone Williams) sits at the back. His presence is one of reserve. We then see him go to the museum where a new Ashanti relic has been found and his new employee, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), waits for him. The relic is a dagger and sheath. The discussion around the ancient Ashanti suggests that, before the Egyptian civilisation, the Ashanti civilisation had developed much science – including the ability to perform blood transfusions. This was developed due to a peculiar illness suffered by the Ashanti Queen, so voracious that people were entirely drained for her. The people themselves became anaemic. Eventually this led to blood wars with neighbouring nations. The discussion continues back at Greene’s Martha’s Vineyard home where Greene suggests that the Ashanti evolved a need for blood and Hightower responds by calling such a need a perversion. ...».

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