Read Spike Lee’s ‘Essential List of Films for Filmmakers’

 Director Spike Lee speaks onstage during the "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts" panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour - Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Spike Lee is in full-court press trying to get the word out there that he’s attempting to use Kickstarter to fund his next movie. Today he posted his “Essential Film List” that he has given to every NYU graduate film student for the last fifteen years. There are a whole bunch of usual suspects (three each from Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Fellini, and Kubrick) and some unexpected choices (Zelig, Kung Fu Hustle, Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto). As these things go, the list is infinitely debatable; it seriously lacks comedies, recent movies, and female directors (there’s only one, Katia Lund, the co-director of City of Gods). Most surprising, the list also lacks any films from acclaimed director Spike Lee. Read the full list below.

Read Spike Lee’s Essential Films List