Ed Driscoll

Shaft's Father Passes

Gordon Parks, the man who directed the seminal “blaxploitation” movie, Shaft, was 93. Like Stanley Kubrick, he traded a brilliant career as a magazine still photographer for the movie world.

Parks’ son had a similar talent, directing Shaft’s equally potent successor, Superfly in 1972. Sadly, he died only a few years later in a plane crash.

Update: Scott Johnson of Power Line has more.