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When comparing and contrasting movies and books the majority of the time the book presents more of a detailed atmosphere and illustration of events However in this case I think the book Autobiography of Malcolm X and the movie Malcolm X quoin side with one another Spike Lee is not only one of the best filmmakers in America but one of the most crucially important because his films address the central subject of race as so does the book He doesnt use a sentimental approach or political work but shows how his characters live and why Alex Haley depiction of Malcolm X life as told to him by Malcolm shares the same perception as the movie but what Alex provides in the book seems to be almost or all Malcolms different interactions with white folks and each interaction Malcolm gained something from it - whether it was positive or negative - and that is one of the things that attracted me to his life story During that stage of his life in the late 1940s he was known as Detroit Red and ran with a fast crowd - including white women who joined him for sex and burglaries Arrested and convicted he was sentenced to prison the movie quotes him that he got one year for the burglaries and seven years for associating with white women while committing them as so does the book Prison was the best thing that happened to Red who fell into the orbit of the Black Muslim movement of Elijah Muhammad and learned self-respect The movie then follows Malcolm as he sheds his last name - the legacy the Muslims preached of slave owners - and becomes a street-corner preacher who quickly rises until he is the a figure head in the Black Muslims teaching that whites are the devil and that blacks must become independent and self-sufficient During a pilgrimage to Mecca he was embraced
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