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Do the Right Thing
BAM presents a 30th anniversary run of Brooklyn icon Spike Lee’s culture-shifting masterpiece Do the Right Thing (1989). Screenings before 6pm will play in a newly restored 4K DCP; screenings after 6pm will play in a brand new 35mm print.
In this landmark Brooklyn classic, the streets of Bed-Stuy boil as racial tensions run high on the hottest day of the year. Loaded with an amazing supporting cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, and Ruby Dee), era-defining music by Public Enemy, and a singular visual style (influenced by The Third Man and the work of Jack Cardiff, according to cinematographer and long-time Lee collaborator Ernest R. Dickerson), Do the Right Thing swings effortlessly from satire to social commentary to tragedy.
Controversial upon release and snubbed for a Best Picture nomination by the Academy Awards (the politically retrograde Driving Miss Daisy was the winner—Lee quipped after Green Book’s 2018 Best Picture win, “Every time somebody is driving somebody, I lose—but they changed the seating arrangement!”), Do the Right Thing stands as one of Lee’s greatest films, and a still-relevant look at race relations in America.