Shaft (1971): The Original
Thu, Sep 12
12:00 PM — 1:40 PM
NAC160 Convent Avenue
"The first mainstream, commercially successful film about a black private eye.""The first mainstream, commercially successful film about a black private eye." Richard Roundtree stars. Gordon Parks directs. Music by Isaac Hayes.
"Gordon Parks's 'Shaft' gave us the first really convincing black private eye. Movies about private detectives have always been among my favorites --they seem to be better than most other formula movies -- and John Shaft, as played by Richard Roundtree, belongs in the honorable tradition of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Lew Archer, and company."
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Because of the hipness which envelops the entire film, the highly-sensual, suggestive Isaac Hayes theme which is still fresh, and the fact that blaxploitation cinema was made possible by its success, Shaft has long since reached icon status, and is thus deemed to be beyond the reach of criticism."
—Michael Thomson, BBC