Information Cycle of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing'

Timeline created by Lori Ricigliano
In Film
  • Cannes Film Festival

    Cannes Film Festival
    The film is shown at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world and is one of twenty films in competition for the Palme d'Or, the grand prize, <br>
    This event is important for showcasing the film and generating publicity for its distribution.
  • Film Festival Review

    Film Festival Review
    Citation: Canby, Vincent. Spike Lee Stirs Things Up at Cannes
    The New York Times, May 20, 1989 Saturday, Section 1; Column 4; Cultural Desk; Pg. 11
    Full text available through Lexis Nexis Academic Example of a newspaper review of the film prior to its general release
  • Interview with Director

    Interview with Director
    Citation: Kaufman, Michael. In a New Film, Spike Lee Tries To Do the Thing, New York Times, June 25, 1989, section 2, p.1.
    Full text of article is available through Lexis Nexis Academic
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  • Newspaper Review of Film

    Newspaper Review of Film
    Full text of article Citation: Canby, Vincent. "Spike Lee Tackles Racism In 'Do the Right Thing'." New York Times, June 30, 1989. This is an example of a newspaper review written by a film critic for a general audience. It was published when the film was released. In addition to a recommendation and synopsis, it provides some insight about the film.
  • Film's General Release in the US

    Film's  General Release in the US
    The information cycle begins when the movie is released.
    Prior to general release, a movie may be shown at a film festival.
  • Magazine Review of Film

    Magazine Review of Film
    Citation: Rafferty, Terrence. "The Current Cinema: Open and Shut." Review of Do the Right Thing. The New Yorker, July 24, 1989, 78.
    Magazine reviews typically appear within a month of a film's general release. They are written by journalists or film critics and are geared to a general audience. The content may provide some analysis, criticism, and context, in addition to a summary of the film. The text of the New Yorker article is in our bound print periodical collection on the lower level.
  • Scholarly Review in Film Journal

    Scholarly Review in Film Journal
    Full text of article
    Citation: Doherty, Thomas. Reviewed work(s): Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee. Film Quarterly, 43, No. 2 (Winter, 1989-1990), pp. 35-40. This is an example of a scholarly review in a film studies journal published several months after the film's general release. Written by an expert in the field, the review provides in depth analysis and interpretation of the film.
  • Academy Award Nominations Announced

    Academy Award Nominations Announced
    Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Danny Aiello) and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Spike Lee) This event sparked some controversy about the nominations. See the Associated Press story in Lexis Nexis.
    Citaton: Horn, John. Oscar Voters Favor Predictable Over the Daring, February 15, 1990.
  • Scholarly Article about the Black Film Aesthetic

    Citation: Muyumba, Walton. "Folklore and Signifying: The Black Film Aesthetic in Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'." <B>Literary Griot: International Journal of Black Expressive Cultural Studies</B> 5, no. 2 (Fall 1993): 12-24. It takes time for a researcher to develop an argument for publication in a scholarly journal. This piece, from an African American journal, analyzes the film from a black aesthetic.
  • Scholarly Article about Film's Music

    Scholarly Article about Film's Music
    Full Text of Article
    Citation: Johnson, Victoria E. "Polyphony and Cultural Expression: Interpreting Musical Traditions in Do the Right Thing." Film Quarterly, vol. 47 no. 2, 1993-1994 Winter pp: 18-29 Example of scholary article from an interdisciplinary perspective. The author analyzes the film's use of music and its relationship to character and incident.
  • Commentary about Film Reviews

    Citation: Messaris, Paul. "The polarizing tendency of mass media: Press reviews of `Do the Right Thing'." Mass Comm Review 20, no. 3/4: 220+. Written by a scholar in the field of communication, this article analyzes the varied press reaction to the controversy surrounding the film.
  • Collection of Essays

    Collection of Essays
    Primo Link
    Reid, Mark A. Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing Cambridge (England): Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Chapter in a Book

    Chapter in a Book
    Primo Link Citation: Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Say the right thing (Do the right thing)." In Movies as politics. Berkeley : University of California, 1997, 13-21. More time has passed since the film's release. The scholar discusses the broader context of language of race relations and violence in the film.
  • Dissertation

    Citation: Miller, James Lee, II. A rhetorical analysis of four selected films by Spike Lee and John Singleton, Bowling Green State University, 1998.
    A dissertation is a scholarly treatise of original research written by a candidate for the doctoral degree at a university.
  • Scholarly Article about Context

    Scholarly Article about Context
    Full Text of Article
    Citation: McKelly, James C. "The double truth, Ruth: Do the Right Thing and the culture of ambiguity." African American Review, Summer 98 1998., 215+ Written years after the film's release, this article places the film in the context of African American cinema.
  • Qualitative Study of Film

    Qualitative Study of Film
    Full text of article
    Cooper, Brenda. "''The White-Black Fault Line'': Relevancy of Race and Racism in Spectators' Experiences of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing." Howard Journal of Communications 9, no. 3 (July 1998): 205-228. Investigates African American and non-African American spectators' experiences with Spike Lee's controversial 1989 film
  • Scholarly Essay on Cultural Representations

    Citation: Jennifer Radtke. "Do the right thing in black and white: Spike Lee's bi-cultural method." The Midwest Quarterly 41, no. 2 (January 1, 2000): 208-228.
  • Entry in Reference Source

    Entry in Reference Source
    Primo Link Citation: Donalson, Melvin Burke. <i>Black Directors in Hollywood</i>.. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003. Establishes Spike Lee's reputation as a director; and analyzes his contributions to film, including "Do the Right Thing" Aimed at a wide audience seeking general information about the topic
  • Literary Analysis of Film

    Full Text of Article Bartley, William. "Mookie as "Wavering Hero": "Do the Right Thing" and the American Historical Romance." <i>Literature Film Quarterly</i> 34, no. 1 (January 2006): 9-18. This scholary article demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of the film.
  • Book Chapter about Film as Teaching Tool

    Book Chapter about Film as Teaching Tool
    Primo Link "Political objectives through cinematic storytelling: Do the right thing." In LoBrutto, Vincent.<b> Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures</b>. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2005. Identifies the film as a learning tool to study and acquire knowledge of cinema principles
  • Ranked as one of 100 Best American Films

    Ranked as one of 100 Best American Films
    American Film Institute's 10th Anniversary edition of 100 Years, 100 Movies
    This event demonstrates the long lasting value of the film.
  • Online Newspaper Review

    Online Newspaper Review
    Vognar, Chris. 'Right Thing' resonates two decades later Prophetic, watershed film hasn't lost any of its power,, June 29, 2009.
    Full text of article is available through Lexis Nexis Academic.
  • 20th Anniversary DVD/Video Edition

    20th Anniversary DVD/Video Edition
    Anniversaries are important markers for a film's long lasting impact. They often generates a renewed interest in writing about the film.
  • Newspaper Review

    Newspaper Review
    Full text of article
    Carter, Richard. "Spike Lee's scalding 'Do the Right Thing' lives forever." <i>New York Amsterdam News</i> 100, no. 30 (July 23, 2009): 10. Popular press review of film's 20th anniversary published in an African American newspaper
  • Blog Post of Film's 20th Anniversary

    Blog Post of Film's 20th Anniversary
    Blog Link Brody, Richard. Right and Left Things. <i>New Yorker</i>, July 23, 2009. A retrospective look at the film; references the original <i>New Yorker</i> review that appeared after the film's release
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    - 20 Year Information Cycle Timeline of Spike Lee's film "Do the Right Thing"

    This timeline is an example of how an event, like "Do the Right Thing," generates information that is produced and distributed over the passage of time according to general patterns, often referred to as "information cycles." Skilled researchers understand these patterns and know which types of information sources are most appropriate for any given project. Note: Not all types of information are included and some dates are approximate.