A Filmaker's Fury

In 'When the Levees Broke,' Spike Lee powerfully portrays New Orleans after Katrina and angrily assigns blame for the nation's sluggish response

August 21, 2006|By DAVID ZURAWIK | DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC

Each television season, one or two productions cut through the clutter of mediocre programming with a power and resonance that makes them seem almost too good for TV.

Last September's PBS premiere of Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home, a soaring biography of Bob Dylan held that distinction. The season opener of Fox's 24, with the shocking assassination of President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), earned it last January. Now comes Spike Lee's documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, airing tonight and tomorrow at 9 on HBO.

On TV When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts airs at 9 tonight and tomorrow night on HBO.

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