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Academy Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Do the Right Thing’ with Spike Lee In Person and Brand New 35mm Print

Academy Celebrates 25th Anniversary of 'Do the Right Thing' with Spike Lee In Person and Brand New 35mm Print

The Academy will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s seminal “Do the Right Thing,” with the director and yet-to-be-announced guests in person during two separate screening events set to take place coast-to-coast: one in Los Angeles at LACMA, and the other (where else?) in Brooklyn at BAM.

A quarter century ago Lee introduced the world to the hottest summer day a single block in Brooklyn has ever seen. As the heat cranks up, the composure of the multi-racial Bed-Stuy neighborhood completely loses its cool, leading to serious consequences.

The film kicked off the careers of Martin Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson and John Turturro. Danny Aiello nabbed a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as beleaguered pizzeria owner Sal Fragione, while Lee scored an Original Screenplay Oscar nod.

The Academy is debuting a brand-new 35mm print from its Film Archive. While the guests will vary by venue, Lee will appear with the film on both coasts.

Both events are in late June — here’s more info on the BAM screening, and the LACMA screening.

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The Pope

Still one of the most electrifying and memorable experiences I have ever had in a movie theatre. I was in London and popped into the Empire in Leicester Square on a Wednesday lunchtime. I was supposed to be at work, but somewhat like Mookie I skived off to do something better. It was a scorcher of a day and the cool of the theatre was most welcome. But as the reels unspooled, the cinema felt like the hottest place on the planet. Incredible film, perhaps the greatest achievement from one of America's greatest artists.


I hope that ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH is present in LA – he has done 8 or 9 films with Spike

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