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Do the Right Thing (1989)

US 120m, Colour
Director: Spike Lee; Cast: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, John Savage

Do-The-Right-ThingDo the Right Thing is a film that uses stereotypes to demonstrate that the underlying basis of racism is ignorance. Unfortunately, uncritical viewers are afforded the opportunity to pick a side which they most closely identify with.  Presenting a day in the life of a Brooklyn neighborhood in which racial tensions explode on the hottest day of summer, this is perhaps the best of Lee films. Highly controversial for its time, Do the Right Thing’s oddly cartoonish visual style offers a strange contrast to the film’s violent action and explicit language (Klaus Ming March 2016).


5 comments on “Do the Right Thing (1989)

  1. nicolaskrizan

    Still pretty controversial, I’d say. And most probably Lee’s very best!

    • Klaus

      Yeah, your probably right, especially since so much of what this film is about is still going on.

  2. SJHoneywell

    I agree. While I still haven’t seen Malcolm X so I reserve final judgment, this is my favorite of Lee’s films to date.

    • Klaus

      Same here. I’m not a fan of spike lee films in general, but liked this one a lot more than i though i would.

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