The third of four films in our series is Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing from 1989. Spike Lee is one of Americas greatest film makers and has made what is probably the most consistently provocative, entertaining, funny, honest and racially charged set of movies.
Do The Right Thing tells the story of one block (and particularly one white owned pizza parlor on the block) in Bedford-Stuyvesant on a very hot summer’s day. The day doesn’t end well! Lee hits every racial button from every angle, his “stereotypes” aren’t simple and the movie avoids pat answers. No one – and no race – gets a pass in this movie. There are no simple answers.
Do The Right Thing was very controversial when it came out and was met with high praise and intense criticism. Nevertheless it is now widely considered one of the greatest movies of the 80s and in 1999 was deemed to be “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress. Naturally, if failed to win even a single Oscar despite stellar performances by Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Rosie Perez, John Turturo, Samuel L. Jackson and others!
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Light snacks included