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Malcolm X (1992)

Spike Lee and Denzel Washington capture the power of Malcolm X’s rhetoric in this sweeping biopic.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the biopic Malcolm X (1992), directed by Spike Lee.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
I’m Not There (2007)
Gandhi (1982)
Patton (1970)
Lawrence of Arabia (1989)
Mo Better Blues (1990)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Malcolm X (documentary) (1972)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
A Soldier’s Story (1984)
The Hurricane (1999)
Scent of a Woman (1992)
He Got Game (1998)
School Daze (1988)
Spike Lee’s Nike commercials
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Goodfellas (1990)
Clockers (1995)
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
The Matrix (1999)
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Lust for Life (1956)
The Post (2017)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Do the Right Thing (1985)
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Psycho (1960)
Wages of Fear (1953)

Jonathan Rosenbaum’s review in the Chicago Reader

On the next episode: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Diabolique (1955).

Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com.

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Vanity Fair) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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Hosts

  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Vanity Fair and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.