Gordon Parks (1912–2006)


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The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort, The Learning Tree (1969), was selected among ... See full bio »

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(1969)
Malcolm X Thanks
(1992)
Shaft Director
(1971)
(1972)

Filmography

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 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1976 Leadbelly
 1971 Shaft
 1964 Flavio (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

Novel: "The Learning Tree" (filmed as The Learning Tree (1969)). See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gordon Parks Sr.
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Personal Quote:

[1976 interview in "The Village Voice"] I don't make black exploitation films.

Trivia:

He has directed two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Learning Tree (1969) and Shaft (1971). See more »

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