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While the brilliance of his photography is deservedly well known, Gordon Parks‘ film career is, Shaft aside, yet underrated and under seen. The Learning Tree (1969) does right by Kansan beauty and oppression alike and, if The Super Cops (1974) isn’t The French Connection (not that it could be, given the differences of their source material),until someone makes a movie about Henry Thomas or John Lee “Sonny Boy” WilliamsonLeadbelly (1976) is better than any musical biopic I know

Brooklyn-native Kenny Wisdom comes in on cue


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