Portland Black Film Festival: Do The Right Thing

This year’s Portland Black Film Festival got a strong start last week with a 70mm screening of Malcolm X, and it continues this week with another must-see Spike Lee joint: Do the Right Thing, a movie that electrified audiences like a lightning bolt in 1989. Starring Lee, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, and Rosie Perez, it stands as one of the best movies of the 20th century—with a story that unfolds over a sweltering day and night in Bed-Stuy, Do the Right Thing combines unforgettable characters, blazingly vivid cinematography, and a fearless dive into America’s roiling racial tensions. Over three decades after it was made, it’s still jarringly, heartbreakingly relevant. ERIK HENRIKSEN

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Spike Lee
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee