Do the Right Thing Is About More Than Just Race

07/04/2009 4:00 AM |

In this video essay, Matt Zoller Seitz looks at the conflicts (personal and social, verbal and physical) driving Spike Lee’s film-of-ideas, released twenty years ago this week. (Read the transcript here.)

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  • Awesome. Thank you Matt.

  • Really marvelous work —thanks for pointing the way to the Rosenbaum review, which I hadn’t read. I think Sal’s complexity has as much to do with Danny Aiello as Spike Lee; from the DVD commentary it sounds like Lee was fighting Aiello to make Sal less sympathetic. I guess Aiello likes playing basically nice guys. (Turturro, on the other hand…)