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.


BLACKKKLANSMAN
2018, Focus Features, 135 min, USA, Dir: Spike Lee

This incredible true story of an American hero offers an unflinching examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world. As the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is viewed with open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community through a dangerous mission: Infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth soon finds himself invited into its inner circle, even cultivating a relationship with Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace). With the help of colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) - who poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of the hate group - Stallworth works to take down the organization, whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. The Grand Prix winner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.


MY MASTERPIECE
MI OBRA MAESTRA
2018, 100 min, Argentina, Dir: Gastón Duprat

This wonderfully entertaining look at friendship pairs cranky, past-his-prime painter Renzo Nervi (Luis Brandoni) with his longtime dealer, Arturo Silva (Guillermo Francella), who is quite willing to cut ethical corners to keep his gallery running - even if it involves murder. Screenwriter Andres Duprat (the director’s brother and frequent collaborator) clearly knows the art world well and Cristina Nigro’s production design is fittingly eye-catching. “The actors are clearly having a ball. … The chemistry between the two men is completely believable, with their long-term relationship often complicated by matters of art and commerce.” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter.


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