St Malcolm Martyr
- Malcolm X directed by Spike Lee
- By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of ‘Malcolm X’ by Spike Lee and Ralph Wiley
Vintage, 314 pp, £7.99, February 1993, ISBN 0 09 928531 2
- Malcolm X: The Great Photographs compiled by Thulani Davis and Howard Chapnick
Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 168 pp, £14.99, March 1993, ISBN 1 55670 317 1
The reviews and the hype hadn’t prepared me for Malcolm X at all. I expected it to be dull and worthy, a straight and long-winded retelling of a famous life. I found it lively, pretty dramatic, not all that much too long. It is a glossy parable of the sinner who came to virtue, found fame and power, was threatened and killed: the work, death and glorification of St Malcolm Martyr. I also found the film troubling because of its very glossiness, and troubling in ways I didn’t at first understand.