Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” is coming full circle.
Filmed in Fort Greene, the 1986 film is coming back to the neighborhood on July 5, screening as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Contraband Cinema” series.
The filmmaker’s feature debut follows Nola Darling, a sexually liberated Brooklynite who juggles three less-than-perfect men, among them an immature bicycle messenger played by Lee. Shot in black and white, the subversive film was seen as a rival to the indie sex comedies of Woody Allen, appropriating the genre to address a topic that at that point was absent from the big screen — black sexuality.
The film also put a spotlight on Brooklyn, specifically Fort Greene as a vibrant cosmopolitan community.
More than 20 years later, Lee hasn’t stopped making the film world, thanks to “joints” such as “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X” and “25th Hour.”
But here’s the chance to see Spike Lee in all his raw, edgy ambition — before the Nike commercials, before the celebrity, before the vodka tie-ins.
“She’s Gotta Have It” at BAM Rose Cinemas [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland and St. Felix streets in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4129], July 5 at 2 pm. Tickets $12. For info, visit www.bam.org.
— Meredith Deliso