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Spike Lee receives flack for massacre depiction in St. Anna


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Surviving Italian partisans of World War II are pointing fingers at film director Spike Lee for a portrayal of events seen in his new movie “Miracle at St. Anna.”  After the Italian release of the film, existing members were upset by the movie’s massacre depiction of the 1944 mass killing of 560 civilians by Nazi troops in the Tuscan town of Sant’Anna di Stazzema. The movie shows the resistant fighters turning their backs on the town and uniting with the Nazis.
The film legend is currently promoting his film in the country and has responded to the harsh criticisms: “I would not allow anybody to tell me how to make a film, be it a partisan or the president of the United States,” he said at a news conference in Florence.