Launch of special series WELTWEITE VISIONEN on 5 July 2020.
As part of the WELTWEITE VISIONEN, the IFFI presents selected films on selected occasions outside the festival.
DO THE RIGHT THING | July 5, 8:00 p.m. Leokino
R: Spike Lee; english original version with german subtitles
IFFI – WELTWEITE VISIONEN presents Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING, which brought his major breakthrough in 1989. 31 years later, it couldn’t be more powerful and topical: the killing of Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn) bears tragical similarities to the murders of George Floyd and Eric Garner.
Mookie, played by Spike Lee himself, is the pizza delivery guy for Sal’s Famous Pizzeria, whose owner (Danny Aiello) is proud of having supplied his black neighborhood with food for over 20 years. His sons Pino (John Turturro) and Vito (Richard Edson) are drawn as contrasting personalities, one is an aggressive racist, the other trying to assimilate. This is just an example of how the characters in the film are smartly arranged as stereotypes representing different positions. Nevertheless, the film never commits the mistake of offering a simple solution to complex issues, such as cultural differences.
With gaudy colors, dramaturgical sensitivity, and a sense of humor, Spike Lee’s masterpiece narrates how on the hottest day of summer in a Brooklyn block racial resentment and social tensions boil up and erupt a furious act of destruction.
USA 1989; director & writer: Spike Lee; camera: Ernest R. Dickerson; music: Bill Lee; actors: Danny Aiello (Sal), Spike Lee (Mookie), Ossie Davis (Da Mayor), Ruby Dee (Mother Sister), John Turturro (Pino), Richard Edson (Vito), Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out), Rosie Perez (Tina), Bill Nunn (Radio Raheem) and a.; (DCP; 1:1,85; color; 120min; English-Italian-Spanish-Korean ORIGINAL WITH GERMAN SUBTITLES).
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