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Shaft

1971

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  • Admittedly, much of Shaft is silly: the quasi-psychedelic sex scene; the bad guys with black gloves and Tommy guns; the crappy sound... But I’d forgotten how much of a visual treat it is—those iconic telephoto shots of Richard Roundtree stomping down the sidewalk, low angles, shadows, long-ish single-take scenes filmed in moving cars and narrow storefronts. Parks was a great photographer before he got into movies, with a powerful eye for placing people within spaces and streets.

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