He Got Game

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He Got Game

Spike Lee, 1998

Wexner Prize: Spike Lee

Among the most significant voices in American cinema, film director Spike Lee epitomizes the ideals of the Wexner Prize, which honors a contemporary artist in any field whose work has been consistently original, influential, and challenging to convention. This award recognizes Lee’s groundbreaking feature films, documentaries, television movies, music videos, and commercials.

Sat, Feb 23, 2008 7 PM

Sports, commercialism, and family drama come together in He Got Game, one of Lee’s richest films.

Denzel Washington delivers a remarkable performance, playing against type as a felon seeking to reconnect with his son, a high school basketball standout who’s pursued by college recruiters—and ripe for exploitation. NBA star Ray Allen, as the young player, shows he can score on screen as well as on the court. “The neon colors and blazing daylight of its Coney Island setting burst into life on the screen,” according to the New York Times, as the story unfolds in “an explosion of spectacular gambits.“ With music by Public Enemy—and Aaron Copeland. (136 mins., 35mm)

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