1989. USA. Dir: Spike Lee. With Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello. 120 min.
In this panorama of a predominantly Black community in Brooklyn, Lee himself plays a delivery man for an Italian-American pizzeria owner. Entangled in the looming racial tensions (and confrontational shot/reverse shots), he soon finds himself at the center of an escalating conflict on the hottest day of the year.
1970. USA. Dir: Ossie Davis. With Godfrey Cambridge. 97 min.
This trailblazing Blaxploitation movie follows a tough-cop duo’s fight to bring a swindling preacher to justice. With on-location Harlem as their backdrop, they navigate an unjust system and a lively cast of con men, unafraid to crack jokes and be generally badass along the way. Intro by CFILM Chair Scott Higgins.