in about 100 words or less
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 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).