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Fresh off the success of his most recent film BlacKkKlansman, in which a young black detective penetrates the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado in the 1970s, legendary filmmaker Spike Lee sits down with GQ for an interview, as he talks about all the movie greats, from David Lean to Charles Laughton.

Back in 2015, BBC compiled its “100 Greatest American Films” list, with Spike Lee’s 25th Hour ranking at number 94, and unsurprisingly, the list goes heavy on the classics, which Spike Lee delves into as it contributed to influencing his skills and craft.

To start it off, Spike Lee honors renowned director Elia Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who both teamed up on the classic 1954 film On The Waterfront starring the legendary Marlon Brando, as well as 1957’s A Face in the Crowd, which Lee notes as two of his most favorite films ever.

Lee then speaks on the influence of another world renowned director, Martin Scorsese, and his 1973 drama/thriller Mean Streets, which Lee says left a great impact on his life.

Watch the full twelve-minute interview above for more, then after, here are thirty film directors that every Highsnobiety reader should know.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

Renz Ofiaza is a Staff Writer at Highsnobiety and based in Brooklyn.

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