The hottest day of the year explodes onscreen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez, and John Turturro, Spike Lee’s powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise. —The Criterion Collection
As a writer, director, actor, producer, author, and entrepreneur, Spike Lee has revolutionized the role of black talent in Hollywood, tearing away decades of stereotypes and marginalized portrayals to establish a new arena for Afro-American voices to be heard. His movies, a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques informed by an unwavering commitment toward challenging cultural assumptions not only about race but also class and gender identity, both solidified his own standing as one of contemporary cinema’s most influential figures and furthered the careers of actors including Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, and Laurence Fishburne. Born Shelton Jackson Lee in Atlanta, GA, on March 20, 1957, he was raised in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. After attending Atlanta’s prestigious Morehouse College, returned to New York to make his first movie, 1977’s Last Hustle in Brooklyn, a portrait of the area’s Black and Puerto Rican communities… read more
Spike Lee just gets me every time. His movies set me thinking so much, it's incredible. And they are hard to forget. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry or do both at the same time while watching this. Some of the racist comments are somewhat funny but then it's not. The climax near the end was absolutely shocking, I still don't know what to think.
Everything is so orchestrated, the film feels like the visual geometry of an intellectual argument (Lee called it his dialectical method: cinema as argument), each position set off by another (2 sons 1 racist; 2 cops 1 good). People aren't people; they are ideas. The racial melodrama is less effective (for me) than the (loving) sense of a neighborhood. Not that one can't make films 'about' race (see Burnett!)...
Um estudo social franco e isento; a igualdade humana vista através de um ponto de vista dominado por um século de desigualdades. Uma tragicomédia que, ainda assim, ostenta uma mensagem de esperança para a Humanidade; embora uma mensagem algo radical, extremista, do outro lado de um dos pólos, o outro pólo, o pólo que pouco fora explorado, mas que ambos são de evitar, para bem da nossa vivência em comunidade.
“Do the Right Thing” is a powerful, uplifting, visually stunning masterpiece. It’s a movie that I can watch over and over again, and deservedly takes the Number 7 Spot of My Favorite Movies Of All… read review
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This film always puts me in the mood for pizza, and it has every right to.
It is very much like a pizza in a lot of ways……….but it’s up to you to decide what type of pizza.