5.0 out of 5 stars SHAFT , LE GRAND ...
TROIS , TRÈS BON FILMS POLICIER À VOIR ET OU À REVOIR AVEC RICHARD ROUNDTREE ... DANS LE STYLE ET DANS LE TEMPS DES BON FILMS GRINDHOUSE.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you do dont bother with the sequels
This film is OK but the two sequels to this are really bad. This Shaft 1971 film is so ridiculus its almost funny. Its almost like a cartoon- the characters are stereotyped, the plot stinks, and the ending is awful.
Published on Sep 10 2001
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHAFT , LE GRAND ...,
This review is from: Shaft/Shaft's Big Score/Shaft in Africa [Import] (DVD)TROIS , TRÈS BON FILMS POLICIER À VOIR ET OU À REVOIR AVEC RICHARD ROUNDTREE ... DANS LE STYLE ET DANS LE TEMPS DES BON FILMS GRINDHOUSE.
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is Afrolicious!,,,
Even though "Shaft" was an MGM release it was clearly intended for the black audience Hollywood had always ignored. The attitude of Shaft is what set it apart - it made no effort to court the white audience at all. John Shaft kept his mouth shut for nobody, and wasn't interested in carrying a civics lesson or being an ambassador from an alien race. He was openly promiscuous, keeping at least a couple of steady women on his string, and taking in the occasional admiring prostitute. He talked dirty, told white cops where to get off, pushed around the toughest of the black mobsters, and made mincemeat of adversaries both black and white. A year before "The Godfather," the Mafia of Shaft consisted of fairly accurate Italian goombah types; Shaft had no trouble letting loose with the ethnic slurs either. In other words, "Shaft" was a fresh dose of reality, in 70s parlance, 'telling it like it is.' This script showed no influence of studio influence, whatsoever.
Shaft has a good New York look. The overall atmosphere is great, a mixture of dingy, claustrophobic hotel rooms and neglected city streets. A lot of the action appears to take place around Times Square, which was quite a different place in 1970 - much rougher, much more rundown. Shaft must hold the record for the number of movie marquees on view in one film; I'd guess it was filmed in late Summer-Early fall with what's playing in downtown Manhattan. Roundtree fills out the role believably while the surrounding cast work well together, even if the stereotype line is occasionally breached. Several nice moments in the script carry the film over its dull passages, all leading up to a great ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars The original,
4.0 out of 5 stars The mob wanted Harlem back. They got shaft...up to here.,
Shaft is a great 70's urban classic. The film is beautifully photographed and staged. The atmospheric camera work captures the streets of New York, always keeping the look of the film harsh and cold. The color scheme is typical 70's muted with acidic contrasts, but at the same time uses a number of blue tinges, especially in the outdoors, to suggest the cold environment the people are facing.
The DVD is presented in the film's original 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio as well as an open matte (fullscreen) transfer that adds some picture information at the top and the bottom of the screen. The transfers look pretty darned good for a 1971 flick. Audio is presented in the film's original monaural track and is fairly weak, though acceptable.
The DVD features includes a bonus documentary "Filming Shaft on Location", three trailers and cast biographies.
You gotta love Shaft & Richard Rountree. A great flick and a great DVD.
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THE BLAXPLOITATION FILMS,
5.0 out of 5 stars i can dig this,
The dvd has both widescreen and full screen format (I advise the wide screen). There aren't much in the way of extras. There are the trailors for the three Shaft movies and a brief bio of Richard Roundtree. There's also a 10 minute 'filming of' documentary called "Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location." It doesn't really tell you much or add anything to the viewing of the film, but it doesn't hurt, and it is somewhat interesting. You can also watch the film dubbed over in French (heh heh), and forget putting in English subtitles, the experience of 'French Shaft' is worth going by itself.
To finish, two words for you: John Shaft.
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Roundtree Is John Shaft (Look How He Poses) !!!,
This review is from: Shaft (VHS Tape)Owing to the box-office success of the updated "Shaft" released in 2000, the original version started to attract interests of fans of younger generation who didn't know the 70s with firsthand knowledge. It's a good thing, but remember, with all respect to Samuel L Jackson, John Shaft is Richard Roundtree. Look at him, and you know what I mean.
Singleton's "Shaft" lacks the essential part without which watching John Shaft is meaningless; that is, his sexiness. Roundtree's "Shaft" offers nothing special in term of story; it's just another detective story seen in Bogart's films. But MGM, a major studio, made him the ultimate sexy guy so that he makes love twice in a film, not only with a black girl but with a white. Of course, this may be simply one of the studio's tactics to cash in on the growing power of Afro-Americans at that time, but still no one can deny Roundtree's presence. The executives' decision was right, after all.
Add to his charisma, for the modern viewers, we can enjoy the ideosyncrasy of the 70s fashion in everything; the way they wear clothes (look at Shaft's leather coat), the way they talk (White detective says to Shaft: "What you got? Shaft replies: "I got laid."), and the soulful sountrack of Isaac Hayes -- everything is shining. Like hit songs of many 70s rock bands, it's showy and corny, but unbelievably irresistible. Enjoy it.
Director Gordon Parks (who briefly appears in the film) is the father of Gordon Parks Jr., who directed "Superfly," another memorable film of the genre, featuring Curtis Mayfield's wonderful music. And if you're interested in those "blaxploitaion films," you might want to see "Coffy" played by goddess of the genre, Pam Grier, and this film is famous for its Roy Ayers soundtrack. Listen.
4.0 out of 5 stars Above average detective film.,
Right from the beginning, this movie shows it has an attitude, in the opening montage set to the backdrop of Isaac Hayes's now famous theme song. This attitude belongs to both "Shaft" the movie and John Shaft the character. Shaft is definitely the main character of this film. Watching him both outwit and outfight his opponents is a welcome change from today's mainly brainless action heroes. Indeed, one of my personal favorite scenes is the one where he serves drinks to the two men out to get him.
This is a movie with a deliberate sense of pacing. There are a couple of scenes that may drag a bit (and hence why I subtracted one star), but the vast majority keep you alert and never bored.
In summary, I definitely recommend "Shaft" for any fan of the detective or action genres, and indeed of film in general.
5.0 out of 5 stars The way a Black man ought to be,
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you do dont bother with the sequels,
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