She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
"Spike Lee takes the minimalist blackout style of fellow NYU film school grad Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise and jazzes it into the funniest comedy of summer ‘86."
—Peter Keough, Chicago Reader
Lee’s fearless feature debut (shot largely in Fort Greene) took the world by storm by appropriating the indie sex comedy, à la Woody Allen, to address black sexuality. A watershed independent film of the 1980s, She’s Gotta Have It was radical for its concern with a demographic hitherto unrepresented on screen: the cosmopolitan black female.
yes.. but I guess it is a radical look at female sexuality in general.. but actually what is radical about it? because it is about female’s secret or obvious polygamy? why there is nothing radical in male’s polygamy (often pictured in the movies)? this movie is not just a female’s answer to it and there is no female’s sexism towards men in it - that is why it is definitely a masterpiece.. it is the hommage to all women and not just their sexuality.. and dear sir(s): I would not say it’s just (the indie) sex comedy.. and for sure - not a comedy.. dear sir(s): let us speak for ourselves.. we know what it is about.. this is one of the most important movies I have ever seen! Lee is so talented to create such a beautiful character - Nola Darling - I love you! how I wish I could see this amazing film on the big screen! I want to be in Brooklyn next Friday, someone, please take me there!