AfriGeneas at the Movies
NYT Gives "Miracle At St. Anna" A Mixed Review
At the beginning of "Miracle at St. Anna" an old man sits in his apartment watching a movie on his black-and-white television set. The film is "The Longest Day," the sprawling 1962 World War II drama starring John Wayne and nearly every other white movie star of the era, and it provokes a bitter reaction. "We served our country too," says the viewer, a postal worker and Army veteran named Hector Negron.
"Miracle at St. Anna," directed by Spike Lee and based on a novel by James McBride, who wrote the screenplay, exists in part to make the obvious, overdue point that men like Hector (Laz Alonso) - Latino and in particular African-American soldiers - fought as bravely and as hard as the characters in those Hollywood combat epics. But setting the record straight after so many years and so many movies is not necessarily a simple undertaking, and this film sometimes stumbles under its heavy, self-imposed burden of historical significance.
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