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#82 | A Spike Lee Joint, Do The Right Thing

A Spike Lee joint, Do The Right Thing (1989) is a truly magnificent movie. I am a proud owner of Lee's career -spanning monograph book, SPIKE, a visual celebration of the acclaimed filmmakers life and work to date. In said book he details 'Do The Right Thing' and his process of making the film, how it changed his life and more. I remember watching this feature for the first time and being truly taken by the cinematic techniques, unqiue sense of of personality throughout and genuinely well written and compelling story- simple yet intelligent.


For those who are yet to watch this iconic joint, here is a brief rundown of the story; Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York. A neighbourhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighbourhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to the neighbourhood, and tensions quickly rise and so does the heat.


Overall, Do The Right Thing isn't just a movie, it's a piece of art. Commenting on several social issues with the angle of comedy. Spike Lee is a world-renowned, Academy Award winning filming, cultural icon and has been one of the most prominent voices on race and racism for more than three decades. Lee is a genius writer, filmmaker and actor- his personality and individuality shines through all his projects.


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