Do The Right Thing
Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise.
“In the final analysis, the best thing one can say for Lee is that he takes risks, like all true artists. For unlike most of today’s film makers, he’s not afraid to really challenge a movie audience to do some serious thinking.” – Kathleen Carrol, NY Daily News
“Like Rear Window to Alfred Hitchcock, like Nashville to Robert Altman, like Playtime to Jacques Tati, Lee’s Do the Right Thing is an undiluted representation of its creator’s artistic command.” – Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
“A pulsating homage to life on New York’s streets, achieved thanks to Lee’s sleepless eye, but a passionate-yet-dignified study of racism, too.” Lloyd Bradley, Empire Magazine
“–funky, entertaining, packed with insight, and political in the best, most responsible sense.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
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