DA 5 BLOODS
2020, Netflix, 154 min, USA, Dir: Spike Lee

From Academy Award winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American vets  - Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) - who  return to Vietnam. Searching for the remains of their fallen squad leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure, our heroes, joined by Paul's concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces  of man and nature - while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.


CROOKLYN
1994, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Lee

Starring Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo and featuring a standout performance from Zelda Harris as the film’s 9-year-old narrator, CROOKLYN is a beautifully textured look at growing up right and wrong in black America. The emotional flip side to the more explosive DO THE RIGHT THING, the film (co-written with sister Joie and brother Cinque) is Lee’s most heartfelt (and surprisingly sentimental) film: a semiautobiographical portrait of the Carmichael family in Brooklyn in the early 1970s.


DO THE RIGHT THING
1989, Universal, 120 min, USA, Dir: Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s “magnifying glass under the hot sun” masterpiece (and one of the most controversial American films of its day), DO THE RIGHT THING is also deceptively simple. The story revolves around the comings and goings at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria on the hottest summer day in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Shot with an almost all-black crew, the film stars Lee as the hyperactive Mookie, with terrific support from Danny Aiello as Sal, Ossie Davis as Da Mayor, Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin’ Out and John Turturro as Pino. The film also features then-newcomer Rosie Perez, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn and Joie Lee. With music by Public Enemy.


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