DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
Directed by Spike Lee
Friendly Neighbourhood Watch Film Club Selection June 2020
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.
So, I watched Do The Right Thing for the first time last night. An amazingly prevalent film by Spike Lee that continues to endure today. A perfect example of films ability to help us digest the world around us, provoke thought and drive conversation. Lee's signature style is in full force here too, an essential back catalogue viewing for any fans of 2018's Black Kkklansman.
As an online Neighbourhood of film lovers, I'm selecting this as June's pick in our new Film Club.
-Dan, FNC Founder & Managing Director
1) Give it a watch! Availability is linked above... be legal now...
2) Have a conversation with someone.
Either with a fellow neighbour, or with a friend or family member... but ensure you have a discussion! It's a valuable thing to do. and it's what this club is all about.