Tough Choices Film Series: Do The Right Thing
October 13, 2021 at 7:00pm
Join your friends and neighbors in watching and discussing three challenging films that explore the ambiguities of moral decisions without providing pat Hollywood Answers. (Conversations facilitated by Jack Hirschfeld.)
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 and Italian American residents, which culminates in tragedy and violence on a hot summer day.
The film was a critical and commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time.
— When the differences heat up and the prejudices emerge, is there any way to avert violence?