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Richard Roundtree as Shaft
Shaft (1971)

This Coming Thursday and Friday at the Packard Campus Theater (Feb. 8 and 9, 2024)

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He’s a mean…  We won’t complete that line but we will show the film–“Shaft”–this coming Thursday at the Packard Campus.  On Friday, we delve into the world of Japanese cinema with one of Kurasawa’s classics.

Richard Roundtree, clad in leather, fires his weapon
“Shaft” (1971)

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 @ 7:30 p.m.

Shaft (MGM, 1971)

Who is the man that would risk his neck for his fellow man? Shaft, can you dig it?  Richard Roundtree stars as private detective John Shaft who goes up against a bunch of gangsters, and shows that Dirty Harry has nothing on him.  The film led to a number of sequels and a TV series all starring Roundtree who passed away this past October. Isaac Hayes provided the music, and Gordon Parks directed. Color, 100 minutes.   Rated R.  Added to the National Film Registry in 2000.

Japanese writing over headshots of film cast
“Akahige” (“Red Beard”) (1965)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9  @ 7:30 p.m.

Akahige [Red Beard] (Toho, 1965)

Director Akira Kurasawa and actor Toshiro Mifune made 16 films together, this being the last. Mifune plays an aging town doctor that must reign in his rough temper in order to train a young intern. Japanese with English subtitles. Black & White, 185 minutes.

 

For more information on LC screenings, see this link.

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