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Friday, August 7, 2009

Do The Right Thing (1989)











Starring:

  • Danny Aiello
  • Ossie Davis
  • Ruby Dee
  • Richard Edson
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Spike Lee
  • Bill Nunn
  • John Turturro


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I find it a tremendous oversight that this film gets so little recognition. The American film institute couldn't find one place in one hundered American films for this cinematic masterpiece that pulls no punches . It got no academy award and most importantly I could not find one friend who had heard of it. I call this a tremendous oversight because the film is wonderful. I know that Spike Lee is a rather eccentric personality and is not well liked by everyone, but his films are brilliant and this is no exception. For about the first two thirds of the movie the plot meanders around a section of New York City as the characters awaken and start their days. For this first two thirds we have a comedy that is funny because of the eccentric and wonderfully developed characters. The audience is pulled into the story by the rich dialogue and inventive cinematography. There is just some quality about this film that makes it seem so real. This all sets up for the imminent tragedy to be all the worse as a result of the connection the audience has with the movie. Then the film explodes. Those who have seen it know what I mean and those who have not should see it. This last third of the film should not be explained, it must be experianced. In fact this whole film should be experianced. I can't say enough.

4 comments:

yo steve said...

Thanks for posting, one of my favorite films. One of the few that actually captures a time and place so well.

Anonymous said...

should be required viewing in all high schools!

Anonymous said...

tremendous movie! five stars far from being enough for a rating it deserves!

Anonymous said...

tremendous movie! five stars far from being enough for a rating it deserves!

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