USA/2018/135mins/15. Dir: Spike Lee. With: John David Washington, Adam Driver
This is the astonishing true story of one of the riskiest undercover investigations in American history, the improbable early ’70s case in which African-American police detective Ron Stallworth applied for and was ultimately granted membership to the Ku Klux Klan. Posing as a racist extremist over the telephone, Stallworth infiltrates the KKK’s inner circle, even communicating with David Duke himself, but has his colleague Flip Zimmerman pretend to be him for face-to-face meetings – and in so doing, illustrates the profound absurdities at the heart of the group’s hateful ethos. An unflinching examination of race relations in 1970s America, BlacKkKlansman is unfortunately still bracingly relevant; especially so given the troubling rise in white supremacist gatherings such as the deadly Charlottesville march. A major comeback for Lee, This bitingly satirical true story is a major comeback for legendary director Lee, produced by Get Out auteur Jordan Peele.