Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary Looks Terrific

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July 18 2012 12:29 PM

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Doc Looks Great

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On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Spike Lee has made a documentary about the Michael Jackson album Bad. It will be a feature-length film, but there are no details yet about precisely when or how it will be released.

We do know some of the people Lee talked to for the movie. That group includes Martin Scorsese, who directed Jackson in the 18-minute music video/short film for "Bad" (which was written by Richard Price, the novelist who later helped write The Wire). Lee also interviewed Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and just about everyone involved with the album on the technical side.

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In the short clip below, the man who choreographed the video for "The Way You Make Me Feel" describes the moment that Michael Jackson first opened his mouth and sang, a cappella, on the set. "Everything stopped," he says. "We had to stop shooting, because people just froze. They actually froze."

You can watch it happen below. Can't wait to see the rest. (Via The Playlist.)

Previously: Jacksonian America

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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