Better known today for directing the cult classic Shaft (1971) – which helped to usher in the Blaxploitation genre – Gordon Parks was a man of many talents. Outside of directing, he was also an acclaimed photojournalist, artist, composer and novelist. For his first feature film – which was also the first time a Black American director made a Hollywood studio film – he turned to his early days in Kansas with The Learning Tree. Previously released on MOD DVD by Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive line, Criterion has given the movie its Blu-ray debut.
The Learning Tree (1969)
Released: 13 Mar 1970
Runtime: 107 min
Director: Gordon Parks
Cast: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans
Writer(s): Gordon Parks, Genevieve Young
Plot: A bittersweet and idyllic story about a year in the life...