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      Gordon Parks

      Gordon Parks

      Highest Rated: 100% The Super Cops (1974)

      Lowest Rated: 58% Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1912

      Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, USA

      With significant accomplishments to his credit as a photographer, journalist, filmmaker, screenwriter, novelist, poet, composer and librettist to his credit, Gordon Parks may well be the African-American Renaissance man par excellence. He has won over 20 awards and received 23 (as of 1995) honorary degrees in literature, fine arts and humane letters. Parks is reputed to be Hollywood's first black director of major films but he first gained acclaim as a preeminent photojournalist at LIFE magazine from 1948-68. His subjects included such diverse topics as the black Muslims, Ernest Hemingway's Paris and life in American ghettoes. "The Learning Tree," Parks' autobiographical novel about growing up black in 1920s Kansas, provided the foundation for his moving, sometimes didactic and stunningly photographed 1969 feature debut which he produced, wrote, directed and scored.


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      88% 41% A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks Self - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moments Without Proper Names Director,
      Original Music
      - 1987
      No Score Yet 42% Half Slave, Half Free Director - 1984
      No Score Yet 50% Leadbelly Director - 1975
      No Score Yet 83% Aaron Loves Angela Director - 1975
      100% 65% The Super Cops Director - 1974
      58% 46% Shaft's Big Score! Director - 1972
      88% 68% Shaft Director - 1971
      76% 86% The Learning Tree Director,
      Original Music
      - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flavio Director,
      - 1964