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Publisher Comments:

Do The Right Thing (1989) is arguably Spike Lee's best feature film, and one of the most popular and celebrated examples of African America's ongoing "new black film wave." Set during the hottest day of a racially tense year in New York City, the film's ensemble cast, including Lee himself, brilliantly play out the edgy negotiations and dramas of a racially and culturally diverse working-class Brooklyn neighborhood. Contrary to Hollywood's markedly cautious treatment of "race" and its confinement to the South and the past, Do The Right Thing offers a nuanced portrayal of black urban life. From hip-hop fashions, Afrocentric colors and rap music, to police brutality, gentrification, non-white immigration, deindustrialization and joblessness, Do The Right Thing depicts it all, from a contemporary, African American point of view.

Ed Guerrero discusses how Do The Right Thing epitomizes Spike Lee's powerful impact on the representation of race and difference in America, the progress of black filmmaking and the rise of multicultural voices in the media. Guerrero emphasizes Lee's especially timely understanding of black film-making as a complex act, mixing the skills of art, politics, and business in order to fashion a creative practice that confronts institutional discrimination and power relations head on.

Synopsis:

"This is a rich and energetic explication of a Spike Lee classic. The social, political, economic, and filmic background needed to fully appreciate Do the Right Thing are all here. Guerrero is to be congratulated on a triumphant tour of the inner world of Spike Lee's filmmaking."--Houston A. Baker, Jr., Duke University

Synopsis:

This text discusses how the film, "Do The Right Thing" epitomises Spike Lee's powerful impact on the representation of race and difference in America, the progress of black film-making and the rise of multicultural voices in the media, and how it confonts institutional discrimination head on.

About the Author

Ed Guerrero is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Africana Studies at New York University. He has written extensively on black film-making and emergent cinemas for a number of journals, magazines and anthologies. He is the author of the influential study of black cinema, Framing Blackness (1993).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780851708683
Author:
Guerrero, Ed
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Location:
London
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Do the right thing
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video, History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Video - Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
BFI Modern Classics
Series Volume:
no. 9-01
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.19 x 6.55 x 0.345 in

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"Synopsis" by , "This is a rich and energetic explication of a Spike Lee classic. The social, political, economic, and filmic background needed to fully appreciate Do the Right Thing are all here. Guerrero is to be congratulated on a triumphant tour of the inner world of Spike Lee's filmmaking."--Houston A. Baker, Jr., Duke University
"Synopsis" by ,
This text discusses how the film, "Do The Right Thing" epitomises Spike Lee's powerful impact on the representation of race and difference in America, the progress of black film-making and the rise of multicultural voices in the media, and how it confonts institutional discrimination head on.
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