Sunday, July 5, 2009

"Do the Right Thing!" Has it really been 20 years?

Say it aint so! Ran across this news clip celebrating the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."

Plot: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Love the movie, love the director.

Here's a flash or two from the (gulp) past.

Isn't there a Pizza Hut commercial out now based on this rift?

"They didn't have to kill the boy ..." Final scene

Interested in your thoughts on Lee's film.

1 comment:

vavaughn said...

Can't believe this didn't draw a comment. I believe that the look of a Spike Lee film is comparable to that of Robert Redford and Stanley Kubrick. His ability to tell human stories with consistant honesty is amazing regardless of subject. I love Do The Right Thing and while I appreciate the message, Crooklyn is my favorite because of the contrast between the city and Mississippi in pivotal time in American history. Lee is equally adept at heavy handed satire, as in Bamboozled, gritty drama, as in Son of Sam and Clockers, sensitive relationship tales like Jungle Fever, or as an adept documentarian in Get on the Bus. He is both a keen eye and import voice in contemporary film. He is building a body of work that wil in time earn him lifetime acheivemnet recognition in the industry. Although Do the Right Thing is 20 years old, Spike is only 52.