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Do The Right Thing Single Film Study

jclarke | Saturday October 13, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Spike Lee, Hollywood Films, Do The Right Thing, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

The task will require you to compare this film and one from Component Group 2 Hollywood 1930-1960.

Group 1: Classical Hollywood

  • Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
  • The Lady from Shanghai (Welles,1947)
  • Johnny Guitar (Ray, 1954)
  • Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
  • Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)

Group 2: New Hollywood

  • Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975)
  • Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
  • Blade Runner (Scott, 1982) To be studied in the Director’s Cut version, released 1992
  • Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989)


If proof were needed that a film could provoke and tap into what is happening in the culture, in terms of something like a zeitgeist, whilst also functioning as a story that audiences identify deeply with then the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing would satisfy the need.

Cinema is always evolving and it’s an exciting process to witness, to explore and to understand. A film such as Do The Right Thing is just one example of many notable films that have gone quite some way in transcending its original moment of release and has become something of a landmark in contemporary cinema, in this instance contributing significantly to the broadening of non-Hollywood cinema’s reach. Released in the US in the summer of 1989, Do The Right Thing was the realist movie amidst an ocean of genre movies and it enjoyed a high profile as i) a major popular African American feature film ii) as a film that was considered controversial in terms of its ideological position iii) as a film that is the work of a film...

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