A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
6/25/1971 Talking about Shaft
June 25, 1971. This date saw the release of the movie Shaft, based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Directed by Gordon Parks and starring Richard Roundtree, it is considered the first major film of the "blaxploitation" genre. It led to a dozens of rip-offs, and a few sequels, and saved MGM from bankruptcy. Oh, it won an Oscar for that memorable Theme. And in 20oo it made the National Film Registry.