Spike Lee, US, 1989, 125 min
Join us for a 30th Anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do the Right Thing presented by cinéSPEAK!
From 6PM-7PM, mix-it-up at the Lightbox Film Center’s Back Porch, for a hot summer night’s reception proudly-sponsored by Miller High Life – featuring cold brews, pizza (of course!) and a live DJ spinning the sounds of the late 80s. Following the film will be an intergenerational conversation, Fight the Power: 30 Years Later, with community organizers and filmmakers contextualizing the iconic work through a contemporary lens.
Do the Right Thing, written, directed and produced by Academy Award-winning director, Spike Lee, is a sweltering exploration of race, class and morality – as played out on one block in the Brooklyn New York neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant on the hottest day of the year. The cinematic masterwork’s deeply resonant thematic explorations are met with equally poignant technicolor cinematography by Lee’s long-time collaborator, Ernest Dickerson, original music by Bill Lee, Branford Marsalis and Public Enemy and mesmerizing performances by legendary actors including -- Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez and Spike Lee, himself.
Content Warning: Racist and derogatory language; images of police intimidation, violence and murder on/of black and brown individuals; brief nudity.
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Michael Mann, US, 1981, 124 min.