Do the Right Thing is a Spike Lee Joint. Spike Lee is a ground breaking, phenomenal film maker. Do the Right Thing (1989) is one of his best films. It is a brilliant film that was humorous but also unflinching, in its portrayal of racial tension in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Do the Right Thing was ground breaking and is still very relevant today.
The film covers events that take place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year.
Racial tensions boil over when a dispute arises over the neighborhood pizzeria, owned by Italian, Sal (Danny Aiello). Pizzeria employee, Buggin Out (Giancarlo Esposito) becomes upset that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame only exhibits Italian actors, despite being in an increasingly black neighborhood. He feels that black actors should be showcased also, which Sal disagrees with.
The film also stars Rosie Perez, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, and many more.
In 1999, the film was recognized by Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” and preserved in the National Film Registry.
If you haven’t already seen the ground breaking film, I definitely recommend giving it a chance.
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