Steven Spielberg moved out of his own cultural history and into that of African Americans with his 1997 drama "Amistad." The film, which is notable for the graphic depiction of life on board a slave ship from Africa to the United States, earned critical comments from Lee who commented, "My problem with 'Amistad' was that they left the good stuff on the cutting room floor. They chose to go with the usual, the other angle. Where the real story about 'Amistad' is about the slaves, they wanted to focus on Matthew McConaughey and Anthony Hopkins."
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