Spike Lee’s powerful, gritty film set in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant community, reawakened the discussion of race in mainstream American cinema and opened the doors for many future black filmmakers. The movie follows the residents of the neighborhood on the hottest day of the year, as tensions rise around a white-owned pizza parlor, eventually leading to violence. A landmark film, bursting with visual and sonic energy. Lee and Danny Aiello top a fine cast that includes Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Rosie Perez and John Turturro. (Synopsis from Facets Multimedia). (1989, 119 mins, DVD).
Black Cinema House | 7200 S. Kimbark
This screening is part of the Friday Film Forum, a series presented in conjunction with Professor Jacqueline Stewart’s University of Chicago course, “African American Cinema Since 1970.”