SHAFT & SUPERFLY:
was a breakthrough film by Gordon Parks, Sr. John Shaft, portrayed
by Richard Roundtree, was the first black film hero and the soundtrack
featuring Issac Hayes sold millions. The film would be a major hit
and would spawn two sequels, “Shaft’s Big Score,” and “Shaft In Africa,”
along with a series of blaxploitation films.
2000, 'The Library Of Congress' deemed “Shaft,” to be “culturally
significant,” selecting it for NFR preservation. Gordon Parks’
son, Gordon Jr., was also a filmmaker; he and his dad had a friendly
competition. He wanted to outdo his dad and he had just the film, “Superfly.”
was surprised by the success of ‘Superfly,’ and Jr. did outdo his father
in gross receipts.
Parks, Jr. would die in a plane crash in Kenya in 1979 and Gordon Parks, Sr.
recently died at the age of 93.
father and son are responsible for the two biggest blaxploitation films ever