The Frida Cinema presents Spike Lee’s groundbreaking 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 8 pm, followed by a Q&A with actor Roger Guenveur Smith (“Smiley”), at 305 E. Fourth St., in Downtown Santa Ana.
Radio Raheem. Buggin’ Out. Da Mayor. Smiley. Sal’s Pizzeria. ”Fight the Power.” In the 25 years since its release, there is so much about “Do the Right Thing” that has become iconic, and the stuff of cinema lexicon. A collage of young faces that would go on to stardom – Martin Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, and of course Lee himself, starring in his third feature film, and establishing himself a leader in the new wave of independent auteur filmmakers. That incredible soundtrack and score, blending Bill Lee’s soulful, sultry jazz with contemporary rap and R&B including tracks by Public Enemy and Keith John. And of course, that remarkable dialogue, both written by Lee and, in the case of the hilarious trio sitting on the corner, improvised. Continue reading