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 "It has been more than two decades since the groundbreaking film premiered, and this commemorative volume includes behind-the-scenes visuals and interviews." —Los Angeles Magazine

"The new coffee table book, 'Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing,' is a wonderful companion to Lee's cinematic masterpiece. Co-written by Lee and journalist Jason Matloff, and clocking in at 368 pages, the tome is a must-have for fans not only of Lee's pivotal film but of independent moviemaking in general." —MovieMaker Magazine

"Spike Lee's handsome new book about his iconic joint, 'Do The Right Thing,' combines interviews, movie stills, behind-the-scenes pictures, and the photocopied first draft of the screenplay, handwritten by the director himself in the late '80s." —TimeOut New York

"Now a new coffee-table book takes readers back to those Brooklyn streets. 'Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing,' by Lee and Jason Matloff, showcases gorgeous behind-the-scenes photos by David Lee (the filmmaker's brother), along with a reproduction of Lee's handwritten script, lively interviews with cast and crew—including the film's great cinematographer, Ernest Dickerson, who crafted its memorable look—and stills from the movie, which was nominated for two Academy Awards." —New York Daily News

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SPIKE LEE is a writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of black talent in cinema. Widely regarded as a premiere African-American filmmaker, Lee is a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself’ school of independent film.

Lee's most recent theatrical release is “Miracle at St Anna," and other critical and box office successes have included “Inside Man,” “25th Hour,” and “Summer of Sam.” Many of Lee's films have earned various awards and nominations, including his 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing,” which garnered an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film and Director awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned to the south to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, Lee continued his education at New York University where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. Lee then founded 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Since 2002, Lee has been Artistic Director of the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

JASON MATLOFF is a film journalist who has been writing about movies for more than a decade. He was on staff at Premiere Magazine for several years, where he put together oral histories on the "Indiana Jones" trilogy, "Ghostbusters," and "Platoon." His articles and interviews have appeared in Premiere, Spin, Empire, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Hollywood Reporter. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429518
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ARTBOOKLOVER3000 on November 22, 2010
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Loper on January 24, 2011
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This is a fantastic, exhaustively researched chronicle of the making of DO THE RIGHT THING. The oral history is terrific and the section of behind the scenes photos brings you right on set. I also love that they included a copy of Lee's hand-written script on 3-hole-punched, lined paper in the back. A real treat for any fan of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo F. Amora on February 28, 2011
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Great book! Beautiful pictures and awesome history. Now I just want to go to that street on Brooklin to see where this all happen.
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As a memento of Spike Lee's brilliant and controversial 1989 film "Do The Right Thing" this beautiful publication deserves an honored place on your bookshelf. This fantastic book is basically made up of four parts. The first is an extensive oral history of the film conducted by Jason Matloff with Lee and cast and crew discussing different aspects of the film. Did you know that a major influence for the film was "The Night of the Hunter"! The next two parts are devoted to photos (more than 200!): a terrific spread of beautifully reproduced color stills from the film plus a selection of Bill Lee's color and black and white photos of on location and candid production stills. The final part is a facsimile of Spike Lee's first draft screenplay. This book is an absolute treasure and a superb publishing feat by Ammo. The photos alone are worth the price. A very special memento of one of the best films of the last twenty-five years.
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