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Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing (1989) is one of the most popular and celebrated examples of the African-American new black film wave. Set during the hottest day of a hot summer in New York City, the film's ensemble cast, including Lee himself, brilliantly play out the edgy negotiations and dramas of a racially and culturally diverse working-class Brooklyn neighborhood. Contrary to Hollywood's markedly cautious treatment of 'race' and its confinement to the South and the past, Do The Right Thing offers a nuanced portrayal of black urban life.From hip-hop fashions, Afrocentric colors and rap music, to police brutality, gentrification, non-white immigration, de-industrialization and joblessness, Do The Right Thing depicts it all, from a contemporary, African-American point of view. In his insightful study of the film, Ed Guerrero discusses how it epitomizes Spike Lee's powerful impact on the representation of race and difference in America, the progress of black film-making and the rise of multicultural voices in the media. This new edition includes a foreword by the author reflecting on Lee's subsequent film-making career and on an America in which African-Americans still contend with racial discrimination and police brutality. Guerrero emphasizes Lee's especially timely understanding of black film-making as a complex act, mixing the skills of art, politics, and business in order to fashion a creative practice that confronts institutional discrimination and power relations head on.

Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) is one of the most celebrated examples of the 'new black film wave'. In its depiction of the simmering racial tension in a Brooklyn neighbourhood, the movie takes in hip-hop fashions, rap music, police brutality, gentrification, immigration, deindustrialisation and joblessness. In his foreword to this new edition, Ed Guerrero looks back on the movie in the context of Spike Lee's film-making career and contemporary tensions between the police and the African-American community.

About the Author
Ed Guerrero is an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, and Africana Studies, at New York University, USA, and author of Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film (1993).

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This timely and concise exploration of Do the Right Thing is essential for any study of American cinema and its discontents. -- Isaac Julien
This is a rich and energetic exploration of a a Spike Lee 'Classic'. Guerrero is to be congratulated on a triumphant tour of the inner world of Spike Lee's film-making. -- Houston A. Baker, Jr., Distinguished University Professor (English and African American Diaspora Studies), Vanderbilt University, USA



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ISBN 9781838719883
Author Ed Guerrero
Format Paperback
Page Count 102
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Weight(grams) 188g

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