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5 reasons to come and see Do The Right Thing

In case you’ve missed our occasional blogging and tweeting about the matter, we’re screening Spike Lee’s classic Do The Right Thing at London’s Clapham Picturehouse on Thursday 5 July (that’s tomorrow to you and me, or today if you’re reading this tomorrow. Or perhaps yesterday, in which case you may as well close the page). Anyway, in case you were undecided about whether or not to come along, we’ve put together 5 reasons to convince you to part with your cash.

1. There will be pizza

Sal of Sal’s famous pizzeria is unable to attend the screening for obvious reasons (number one being that he’s a fictional character), but we’re keeping his spirit alive via the medium of his pride and joy. Ticketholders will get some free pizza to munch on, though rumours of “extra mouzarella on that muh’fucker an’ shit” are unconfirmed.

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2. We’re screening it in 35mm

Back in the day, any time you went to a cinema you’d be seeing your film of choice on a celluloid print. However, in recent times, for reasons both economic and access-based, exhibitors have increasingly tended to show films digitally (Won’t go into detail here, but this is a good read). We’ve pushed the boat out to source a genuine 35mm print from Universal, so you can appreciate Ernest Dickerson’s stunning cinematography in all its glory.

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3. You’ll need all the style tips you can get for our wondrous London summer

If When it stops raining in this godforsaken town, you’ll be looking for new threads. Look no further for inspiration than Ruth E. Carter’s costumes for the film. Here’s a little excerpt from a piece I wrote about the film’s style for the great website Clothes on Film: “Carter’s contribution is vital in three key areas: establishing a sense of place and adding depth to the characters, supporting the film’s themes, and contributing to a bold onscreen representation of blackness which, as suggested by Ed Guerrero, ‘challenges and erodes the skin-colour hierarchy of Hollywood’s classic optical hegemony'”. If that’s a bit academic, I’ll put it straight: the clothes are fucking cool.

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4. It’s not only Spike’s best film, but one of the best of the ’80s

Spike’s third film marked the flowering of a major, major talent. An epic cocktail of drama, comedy, style, music and politics, Do The Right Thing wowed audiences and critics alike, and proved the major catalyst in the black American cinema boom of the early 1990s (think Boyz N The Hood, Menace II Society, Juice, Fresh, Spike’s subsequent joints). Watch it now and you’ll be stunned by how it doesn’t seem to have dated at all (save for the occasional haircut). It’s also difficult to think of another film with so many amazing, unforgettable characters: Radio Raheem, Da Mayor, Mookie, Senor Love Daddy, Pino, Sweet Dick Willie, Tina, the list goes on. What’s more, Lee’s new film Red Hook Summer (US release August, UK release TBC) sees the director return to Brooklyn for a pseudo-sequel – Mookie’s even rumoured to have a small cameo. This is a great chance to prepare yourself.

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5. Because… well, because FIGHT THE POWER, innit?

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You can book tickets online by following this link, over the phone on 0871 902 5727, or buy on the door to save yourself a booking fee.

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Hollywood Costume: an exhibition at the V&A

Permanent Plastic Helmet has received news of a very exciting sounding exhibition coming up at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Hollywood Costume, which runs from 20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013, will be the first exhibition of its kind worldwide since 1970, and will no doubt entice a huge number of film, culture and costume enthusiasts from all over the world.

The exhibition will house the original costumes worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, Keanu Reeves in The Matrix and Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men (the press release didn’t mention if his hair would be making an appearance) and many others. As well as the costumes, there will be design sketches, photographs, scripts, photographs and film footage from some of Hollywood’s greatest films to date.

On a personal level, I’m hoping for lots of costumes from Walter Hill’s The Warriors. Now that would be something! Fingers crossed for the chance to see the famous leathers and feathers in close-up.

Finally, on the subject of costumes, I’d also like to take this opportunity to point you in the direction of a brilliant blog entitled Clothes On Film which is dedicated to examining costume and identity in movies, and features dazzlingly detailed articles on outfits, reviews, news and exclusive interviews. Ch-ch-check it out.