On the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn, hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. A neighbourhood local, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighbourhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees.
The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin’ Out and to other people in the neighbourhood, and tensions rise.
Originally released in 1989.
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
“White people are at war with black people, who are in turn at war with Latinos, but Lee extends to each faction a vibrant pop-culture identity.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Lee’s oft-maligned scattershot style of storytelling works to perfection here, creating irreplaceable parts of a neighbourhood collage that feels truly alive, with all the messiness that entails.”
Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies
“The film-making technique is that of an expert sharpshooter: finding and targeting the enemies of freedom and brotherhood; in between, perforating expectation with witty asides and scripted satire set pieces.”
Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
DID YOU KNOW…?
Spike Lee originally wanted Robert De Niro for the role of Sal (Salvatore Fragione). But De Niro turned down the part, saying that it was too similar to many of the parts he had played in the past. In the end, the part went to Danny Aiello. Robert De Niro’s photo is one of the pictures that appear on Sal’s “Wall of Fame.”
20 August 2020 7:00PM