Shaft at ELFF

2 11 2011

“Can you dig it?”

The University Archives is sponsoring a showing of the movie Shaft at the East Lansing Film Festival.  The film will show on Thursday, November 8, 2011 at 7:30p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

In the movie Richard Roundtree stars as John Shaft, “the cat who won’t cop out, when there’s danger all about.”  Shaft is a private investigator who is asked to find the kidnapped daughter of Harlem crime kingpin Bumpy Jonas.  Directed by Gordon Parks, Shaft was originally released in 1971 and features the well-known theme song by Isaac Hayes.

Starring in the movie with Roundtree is MSU alumnus Charles Cioffi as police Lt. Victor Androzzi.  Cioffi graduated from MSU with his B.A. and M.A. in speech in 1961 and 1962, respectively.  1971 was a breakout year for Cioffi in Hollywood.  He also starred in Klute with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

In honor of the Shaft screening, the University Archives will have a booth at the Hannah Community Center where people will be able to enter to win prizes and and learn more about MSU’s connection to Hollywood.

For more information contact the University Archives or the East Lansing Film Festival.   Tickets are $8/general and $6/student and seniors (65+).  Tickets are available through the East Lansing Film Festival website or at the door.

We hope to see you there!




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