Deschutes Public Library News
Do The Right Thing at Library Theater
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 8/15/2005
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce August’s Library Theater movie screening on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunriver Area Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.
Screening this month is Spike Lee's 1989 film, Do The Right Thing, that looks at race relations in America. Perhaps the best film ever made about race in America, the film has been called a “tumultuous masterpiece,” that demonstrates how a series of small misunderstandings, combined with racial stereotypes and prejudices can erupt in a deadly riot. The movie is set on one block of Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer and displays the diversity of a single neighborhood. Temperatures and tempers are hot and lead to events that will change the neighborhood forever and the audience is left to decide if any of the characters “do the right thing.” The film stars a talented cast including Danny Aiello as Sal the pizza parlor owner, Lee as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy, John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal’s sons and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay Mister Senor.
Since breaking into the film world in 1989 with She’s Got To Have It, Lee continues to write, direct and star in films that provoke and challenge stereotypes. His films deal with different facets of the black experience and are seen as controversial even within the black community. He refuses to be content with presenting blacks in their "acceptable" stereotypes. Instead, Lee’s characters are complex, three-dimensional and on a crash course with a moral challenge. Lee’s other films include School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X and, Crooklyn.
For more information about Library Theater or other library programs, please call 312-1032.