Shaft

Shaft

Directed by Gordon Parks • 1971 • United States
Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi

“Hotter than Bond. Cooler than Bullitt,” the movie posters proclaimed. And as embodied by an ultrabadass Richard Roundtree, John Shaft is indeed a detective to reckon with: a stylish, streetwise private eye whose hunt for the kidnapped daughter of a Harlem mobster lands him in the middle of feuding crime syndicates in gritty 1970s New York. Set to the hot-buttered grooves of Isaac Hayes’s landmark funk-soul soundtrack, this Blaxploitation classic witnessed the birth of a new cinematic hero who would become an icon for an era of change.

Shaft
  • Shaft

    Directed by Gordon Parks • 1971 • United States
    Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi

    “Hotter than Bond. Cooler than Bullitt,” the movie posters proclaimed. And as embodied by an ultrabadass Richard Roundtree, John Shaft is indeed a detective to reckon with: a stylish, streetwis...

Extras

  • Revisiting SHAFT

    This documentary, produced in 2022, features curator Rhea L. Combs, film scholar Racquel J. Gates, filmmaker Nelson George, and music scholar Shana Redmond, as well as excerpts from archival interviews with director Gordon Parks.

  • Soul in Cinema: Filming SHAFT on Location

    This short program was shot on location and in the recording studio during the production of SHAFT in 1971. It features director Gordon Parks, actor Richard Roundtree, composer Isaac Hayes, and other members of the cast and crew.

  • Isaac Hayes on SHAFT

    This 1974 episode of the French television series “Point chaud,” directed by Albert Raisner, features an interview with Isaac Hayes. In it, the Academy Award-winning composer discusses his career, influences, and creation of the soundtrack for SHAFT.

  • Shana L. Redmond on SHAFT

    In this program, produced in March 2022, music scholar Shana L. Redmond explores the soul traditions in musician Isaac Hayes’s score for Gordon Parks’s SHAFT.

  • Joseph G. Aulisi on SHAFT

    In this interview with Joseph G. Aulisi, produced in 2022, the costume designer discusses his collaboration with director Gordon Parks, including the origins of John Shaft’s iconic style.

  • Listen to a Stranger: An Interview With Gordon Parks

    This short program, made after the completion of SHAFT’S BIG SCORE!, features director Gordon Parks reflecting on his youth, his career, and the meaning of success.

  • A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy Part 1

    This three-part series from 2019, directed by Constantine Nasr, explores the character of John Shaft in literature and film, the success of Gordon Parks’s 1971 adaptation, and the legacy of the SHAFT franchise. It features interviews with actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree, among many...

  • A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy Part 2

    This three-part series from 2019, directed by Constantine Nasr, explores the character of John Shaft in literature and film, the success of Gordon Parks’s 1971 adaptation, and the legacy of the SHAFT franchise. It features interviews with actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree, among many...

  • A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy Part 3

    This three-part series from 2019, directed by Constantine Nasr, explores the character of John Shaft in literature and film, the success of Gordon Parks’s 1971 adaptation, and the legacy of the SHAFT franchise. It features interviews with actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree, among many...

  • Kinohi Nichikawa and Walter Mosley on SHAFT

    This program, produced in 2022, features scholar Kinohi Nichikawa and writer Walter Mosley.

  • SHAFT Teaser Trailer