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A little over one week in theaters, and after a tremendous Christmas weekend opening for the film garnering $64 million, director Spike Lee might just have played a key role in the success of Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained.” His public refusal to see the western, calling it “disrespectful to my ancestors,” raised the film's profile to perhaps its highest political platform, and as fierce analysis of the ambitiously wild project continues post-release, another director has come to the movie's defense. Recently most felt by his undeserved absence, director Antoine Fuqua joined in the debate from Italy, where the Capri Hollywood Film Festival is underway. Fuqua knows both Lee and Tarantino only professionally, but nonetheless opined that Tarantino “[doesn't have] a racist bone in his body," and that Lee took a wrong tact with his actions. "That's just not the way you do things," he said. "If you »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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