The story of Nola Darling’s simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men is told by her and by her partners and other friends. All three men wanted her to commit solely to them; Nola resists being “owned” by a single partner.
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User Reviews: So I finally got around to seeing the debut from auteur Spike Lee. I felt as though I knew the film before seeing it after reading an interesting history about it in John Pierson’s "Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes". If you’re a fan of independent cinema, you should check out both the book and film.
Spike’s familiar style and approach is evident in this early indication of a talented filmmaker. Whatever shortcomings that revealed themselves were largely unavoidable in such a low budget outing, and usually quickly forgivable.
The film’s testimony approach often gave characters some depth and clearly gave the film a more intimate relationship with the audience, but at times hurt the film with some unfortunate bad acting from names you never heard before and probably never will again. Again, not Spike’s fault. It does include one of my buddy’s favourite pick-up lines, "Baby, I’d drink a whole tub of your bath water." I’m sure most women would appreciate that sentiment as the way to their heart.
Spike’s sister and father have small roles which must say something about the man’s admirable family pride. Of course, with many of his films, it seems Spike can’t resist the allure of the space in front of the camera while controlling all that’s behind it. Not many directors divide their energy in such a manner, but some of the most notorious directors of our time do. Whether this divides their focus in a negative aspect or not is difficult to say. But if it’s a distraction or handicap, Spike seems to be managing fine
But even now I haven’t stated either way if it’s a good, recommendable film or not. It’s largely in black and white, which is a turn off for non-film lovers. I once overheard some one say of "Schindler’s List", "It’s a really good film, even though it’s black and white." I’m sure with some films the inclusion of colour can enhance the enjoyment of the film, but some things are not meant to be in colour, some things are better without it. Films like this one are only possible in black and white due to budget restraints. Whenever I see the efforts of some colourization nightmare, it makes my stomach turn, but I digress.
What can I say, I am a film lover, and I enjoyed it. If you fall in the same category, you probably will too.