Film Review : Film Registry

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The film was a critical and commercial success and received numerous honors and awards, including a nomination for an Academy Award and Spike Lee being nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Danny Aiello was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Sal. In 1999 the U.S. Library of Congress deemed the film to be "culturally significant" and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of just six films to have this honor in their first year of eligibility.
Spike Lee has a distinct, visually bold cinematic style. He is known for a dramatic use of angles, color, and framing. Do the Right Thing utilizes countless Dutch angles throughout the film. Dutch angles are typically used to display tension, and in the film the angles are thoroughly used when building up to the film’s combative climax. The angles in the film also have other purposes as well. Beyond the tension, Dutch angles also communicate instability, unrest, and danger. Dutch angles are also utilized as a perfect interruption from realism, the shot is unnaturally slanted to remind the audience that it’s not real life, they are watching a film.
Other than Dutch angles, Lee uses other powerful techniques throughout the film. He emphasizes Raheem’s size through a fish-eye lens technique, Raheem is approaching the camera, dominating the frame as Public Enemy dominates all of the audio. This is Lee tricking the audience using cinematic techniques to provoke the anxieties associated with

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