Crooklyn

  • Directed by Spike Lee
  • United States, 1994, 115 mins.

Spike Lee’s sentimental remembrance of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn centers on a young girl named Troy (Zelda Harris) as she struggles to have a voice in her large, loud, and sometimes embarrassing family. Modulating between sequences of magical realism (such as when Troy visits her relatives in North Carolina) and ones dealing with routine but uproarious domestic life, Crooklyn is less a cohesive narrative than it is a distillation of vibrant moments of family life as seen through the eyes of a child and powered by a period-appropriate soundtrack, operating much in the same way as Fellini’s memoir on celluloid Amarcord does. Featuring outstanding performances from Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, and David Patrick Kelly, and written by Spike and his siblings Joie and Cinque Lee, the film vibrates with the authenticity of lived experience mixed with the warm glow of memory. “This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Genres: Comedy, Drama

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