Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing

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Mark A. Reid, Horton Andrew
Cambridge University Press, May 13, 1997 - Performing Arts - 162 pages
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Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" brings together essays that analyze this controversial film from a variety of perspectives. Among the topics examined are the production history of the film, the use of music, and the urban sociology of New York in the 1980's. Collectively the essays connect the internal strife of New York as treated in Do the Right Thing with the contemporary social climate of and racism in the United States. The volume also includes reviews of the film by influential critics, a selection of production stills, a filmography, and a select bibliography.
 

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Contents

The Films of Shelton J Lee
1
Reflecting the Times Do the Right Thing Revisited
16
The Cinema of Spike Lee Images of a Mosaic City
31
Polyphony and Cultural Expression Interpreting Musical Traditions in Do the Right Thing
50
Aesthetics Ethics and Politics in the Films of Spike Lee
73
The Violence of Public Art Do the Right Thing
107
Filmography
129
Reviews of Do the Right Thing 19891990
134
Select Bibliography
153
Index
159
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