Spike Lee’s New Film Shows a COVID-19 Hit New York City at its Eeriest

As far as passionate New Yorkers go, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Knicks tragic Spike Lee might be the biggest. In a recent development, the BlacKkKlansman and Malcolm X director has released a three-minute short film detailing the city at its most desolate and uninhabited, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The City That Never Sleeps has been hit hard by the illness, with over 340,000 cases at last count, forcing mass closures and hysteria among its residents. Lee’s film, “A Love Letter To Its People” shows an eery side to New York the world has never seen before. The streets are completely devoid of people, the cabs are missing and the constant honking has ground to a halt; the only sound in Lee’s ode to the city is the Frank Sinatra hit that shares its name.

However, as the film goes on, the focus turns to the emergency responders. We begin to see ambulances and medical professionals caught in the crossfire of unprecedented demand, culminating in vision of the make-shift hospitals set up in Central Park.

This isn’t the first time Lee has lent his talents to expose the impacts of a disaster. He previously directed two acclaimed documentaries about post-Katrina New Orleans, ‘When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts’ and ‘If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise’. If the powers that be opt to make a documentary about New York City in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there would be few filmmakers better suited to fill the role.

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