Friday, August 31, 2012
(Venice, Italy) Michael Jackson's Bad album was released on August 31, 1987, twenty-five years ago today. This morning here in Venice, we screened Bad-25, Spike Lee's exceptional documentary about the making of the album. Bad-25 will leave no doubt that Michael Jackson's estate is in good hands with John Branca, who is also here in Venice. Audiences in the United States will see an edited version on Thanksgiving on ABC. Be sure to watch it, and then go look in the mirror. I promise you will have a new appreciation for Michael Jackson and tears in your eyes.
Sheryl Crow, who was a back-up singer on the Bad World Tour from 1987-89, said Jackson "changed the molecules in the room." A journalist asked Spike Lee if the Christ-like image of Michael Jackson at the end of the "Man in the Mirror" performance in Wembley Stadium, which concludes the documentary, was intentional. Lee said he didn't know and she'd have to ask Michael. "But you can see by the way he was singing that song that he was not of this world."
Michael Jackson was another extraordinary example of the Creative energy personified on Earth. By focusing on the music and the creative process, Lee has humanized Michael Jackson into the hard-working professional artist he was. I could not find the clip of my favorite line: the young Wesley Snipes' challenge after the dance number: "What you gonna do? DANCE us to death?"
Michael Jackson redefines the word "bad," building on where Mary Poppins has gone before.
Michael Jackson: Bad.
Mary Poppins: Even Badder.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog
P.S. The face on that "Wanted" poster that is torn down near the end is of Martin Scorsese.
Posted by Venetian Cat - Venice Blog at 6:07 PM