Sunday, August 10, 2008

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)

Isaac Hayes wrote some great soul music, including the Sam and Dave hits "Soul Man" and "Hold On I'm Comin'," before he became most closely identified with his own brilliantly orchestrated performance of his Oscar- and Grammy-winning "Theme from Shaft."

Here's how it's used in the opening of Shaft, as Richard Roundtree makes the rounds of the old Times Square, not bothering to wait for traffic lights. Note how this sequence, directed by Gordon Parks, anticipated John Travolta's walk through Bay Ridge to the strains of "Stayin' Alive" in Saturday Night Fever. Also note the many location details, including an advertisement for the show Hair.

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