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When the Levees Broke (2006)

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Commentary 1: Director Spike Lee Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on May 1st, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
Spike's way of speaking takes some getting used to since he...pauses..during...his...sentences. He also pauses during the commentary though considering the documentary runs for 4 hours, this is hardly surprising, and there is some repetition. He comments on how he first heard about the disaster, when he arrived in New Orleans, the use of archive material and news footage and other documentary footage, the people who declined to be included including Oprah, those interviewed and the surprising humor that came out of them, score, his choice of not to use narration but rather witness testimony, editing, how some information was too complicated to be included, and how certain people were uncomfortable being filmed. The most interesting discussion is probably the issue of whether the levees were deliberately bombed. Spike also oddly laughs at some things, only some of which seem funny, and yells at footage of George W. Bush. He advises that he hopes to continue covering the event since he feels his treatment is incomplete since the future of the city is unknown.