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Rodney King

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 2017


Roger Guenveur Smith gives voice to the man at the center of the brutal police beating that helped fuel the 1992 LA riots.

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Rodney King Directed by Spike Lee

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  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Rodney King

    Rodney King, the first reality TV star. He went viral before the term even existed. But he became an unwilling star simply because the "accidental" recording of his beating was broadcast on TV. In other words, it's the recording itself that was unusual, not the brutal beating by the LAPD. In his long, powerful, bleak, vehement tirade Smith argues that the medium is the message. And the medium is America.

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