Three decades after its release, Spike Lee’s masterpiece Do the Right Thing stands as one of the most politically audacious, and visually captivating, films of his career. With the help of cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, Lee vividly captured a sweltering summer day on one Brooklyn block—and the racial tensions that wind up rising with the mercury—through a vibrant array of colors and textures. In the above clip, taken from the supplement The One and Only “Do the Right Thing” on our chock-full new edition, filmmaker Darnell Martin, an assistant camera operator on the movie, and writer Nelson George highlight not only the film’s flawless evocation of a New York heat wave but also the particular care Dickerson and Lee took in photographing its cast members of color.
Digging Through Movie History at Chaplin’s Studios
Film scholar Craig Barron gives us a tour of the studios on whose back lot Charlie Chaplin built the set for his final film of the silent era, The Circus.
Career Women in the Land of Lubitsch
Critics Molly Haskell and Farran Smith Nehme talk about the highly idiosyncratic heroines who populate Ernst Lubitsch’s comedies, including the protagonist of his final film, Cluny Brown.
Ritwik Ghatak’s Pursuit of Truth Beyond Realism
Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.