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Do the Right Thing

Released 1989
Distributor Universal Pictures

A heat wave sparks racial tensions in Spike Lee’s exhilarating and provocative Do the Right Thing. Spike himself takes the lead as a conflicted delivery man who works for Danny Aiello, an Italian-American in a predominately African-American community. The fuse is lit during the movie’s combustible title sequence with Rosie Perez rocking out to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power. Brilliantly photographed by TFH Guru Ernest Dickerson.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.