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One of the most provocative and indomitable voices in the history of American cinema, Spike Lee has never let us lower our guards. “This is an emergency,” he declared about the state of Chicago’s gun violence in “Chi-Raq,” but all of his movies have burned onto the screen with the same kind of urgency, and everything about them is hot to the touch. Naturally, that extends to their marketing. From the moment he burst onto the scene with “She’s Gotta Have It,” Lee has recognized and harnessed the power of an unforgettable movie poster, and his career has given us more than a dozen of them. From the revolutionary bluntness of “Malcolm X,” the post-9/11 sobriety of “25th Hour,” the devilish grin of “Red Hook Summer,” and now the subversive jolt of “BlacKkKlansman,” Lee’s posters emanate with the same righteous clarity of the films they were designed to promote.
Here, in chronological order, are all the one-sheets this one-of-a-kind artist has ever commissioned.