Spike Lee Breaks Through: Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing, written and directed by Spike Lee, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on this date in 1989. From a screenplay written in two weeks and based on contemporaneous events in Howard beach and elsewhere, the plot explores tensions between an Italian-American pizzeria owner who lives in another NYC neighborhood and the Bedford-Stuyvesant black residents. The film was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1999, being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. 

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