Miracle at St. Anna directed by Spike Lee

The film follows four African-American Buffalo soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division who get trapped in a a small tuscan village on the Gothic Line during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The film deals with the Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre perpetrated by the Nazis in retaliation to Italian partisan activity. There is also a reference to a sculpted head from Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence that acts as a plot device.


Spike Lee


James McBride (adaptation) and
James McBride (novel)

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) more

4 thoughts on “Miracle at St. Anna directed by Spike Lee

  1. You’ve seen the trailer, but I’ve read the book, and it is not that good. The event depicted took place on August 12, 1944, when troops from the 16th SS Panzer Grenadier Division killed 560 people in the village of Sant’Anna di Stazzema. No US soldiers, let alone African-Americans, were involved. One villager stated: “It’s a false reconstruction that does not take account of the historical reality,” adding “This sort of fiction should be banned, otherwise the damage to the memory and historical truth will be very serious.” While I don’t believe in banning anything, I do think Spike Lee should get his own glass house in order instead of throwing stones at Clint Eastwood.

  2. I disagree totally with this statement. James McBride’s novel is very moving and an excellent read. The film is based on real events but does not claim to tell the true story. I live in Italy in the area where Spike Lee and the cast were filming and I am sure this will be an excellent film.

  3. Im very interested in seeing this film, my grandfather Capt Charles F Gandy was a member of the 92nd and lost his life while fighting there. I think it would be amazing to see a depiction at last of our participation in the last Great War…it’s a story that is not often told until now..I know it’s not meant to be a true story but it’s a start.

  4. I certainly don’t want to get into an argument about the veracity of Spike Lee’s film or James McBride’s excellent book, but would just like to note that my novel, “The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany,” also describes the massacre at Sant’Ann. I’m pleased that his horrific event is finally getting the attention it deserves.

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