ON SCREEN · FILM
Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee’s provocative 1989 film about the complexities of race exacerbated by the police.
Discussion follows with actor Roger Guenveur Smith
Tribute video honoring Spike Lee & Roger Guenveur Smith for their three decades of collaboration. See Roger Guenveur Smith in Frederick Douglass Now on September 27 & 28.
“A remarkable piece of work.” —New York Times
“It comes closer to reflecting the current state of race relations in America than any other movie of our time.” —Roger Ebert, 1989
Spike Lee’s tale of the complexities of race exacerbated by the police is now considered a classic. Though it was released nearly thirty years ago, time has not dulled the film’s cathartic anger nor its controversial edge.
The film follows the goings on in a single Brooklyn block over the course of a single, sweltering summer day, from a morning of tension simmering around a white-owned pizzeria, to a night of violence. This provocative film teems with life, thanks to an extraordinary ensemble cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Ruby Dee and Roger Guenveur Smith) and a soundtrack that brings together hip hop, jazz and R&B.
D: Spike Lee, US, 1989, 2h
Programmed in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Black Theatre Summit