Browning Cinema

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Do the Right Thing Learning Beyond the Classics
Learning Beyond the Classics: New Jack Cinema
Directed by Spike Lee
With Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello
Rated R, 120 minutes, DCP

The commercial, cultural, and cultural impact of Do the Right Thing is hugely influential in the creation of New Jack Cinema. Now thirty years later, the film remains hyper-relevant. Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood 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 neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise on the hottest day of the year.

Free for ND, SMC, HC, and IUSB students.

Co-presented by the Department of American Studies. Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.


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