1989 the number, another summer.... Can you believe it was nearly 20 years ago today (well, in about three weeks) that Spike Lee's controversial and groundbreaking Do The Right Thing was released? I was working in London at the time, where the film actually opened a week before the US release. The papers there were predicting riots, and there were calls from some sectors for a boycott. There was something almost surreal about seeing a film so specific to my home in an environment so far removed from what was on the screen. That the post-screening discussion with colleagues was, how shall I say, less than progressive only increased my desire to be back in NYC.
There were some questions about the Obama reference in the alt-text clue: on their first-ever date, Barack and Michelle went to see Spike's film. Not the greatest date film, but perhaps an inspiring one? Fight the power indeed.
This week -- an opening credit sequence that is even more unsettling than the film that follows. Too easy, but too good not to include. Submit your answers to this address. Good luck!