Do the Right Thing
DIRECTOR: SPIKE LEE
CAST: DANNY AIELLO, OSSIE DAVIS, JOHN TURTURRO, ROSIE PEREZ, BILL NUNN
SCREENPLAY - SPIKE LEE
Has any movie done a better job of capturing those days when you can actually feel the weight of the atmosphere? Production designer Wynn Thomas splashed Lexington Ave. with red-hot high-lights and Spike Lee and cinematographer Ernest Dickerson maintained a sense of the suffocating heat that melts pavement in this undisputed masterpiece of the ‘80s, which looks at the pressure cooker effects of a NYC heatwave on a few blocks in Bed-Stuy, bringing simmering racial toxicity to a boil. The opening of Rosie Perez shadowboxing to Public Enemy’s anthem “Fight the Power” would be, along with Dog Day, the other single on the double A-side of classic title sequences.