Join us for Maude Kerns Art Center’s Movies @ Maude’s this Thursday, February 29th, at 6 pm for a showing of Spike Lee's 1989 film Do the Right Thing, the featured movie for February in the Art Center’s “Movies @ Maude’s” series on popular directors. Movies are typically shown the last week of every month and are free to the community with a suggested donation.
Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro and Samuel L. Jackson and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story explores a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension between its African-American residents and the Italian-American owners of a local pizzeria, culminating in tragedy and violence on a hot summer's day.
A critical and commercial success, the film received accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (for Aiello's portrayal of Sal, the pizzeria owner). In 1999, it was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, citing its preservation as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Do the Right Thing is 2h and is rated R.
Post Film Talk - After the film, stay for a short discussion about the film and director facilitated by Movies @ Maude’s host, Jalen Thompson, an interdisciplinary performance artist and film scholar who uses film, poetry, and music to explore black queer identity. He is currently completing his PhD in English at the University of Oregon.