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John Singleton's Reputation (02:56)


Singleton made nine feature films. He is described as "ahead of his time." The first movie he made was a success.

Singleton's Childhood and Education (03:58)

Singleton was born in 1968 in South Central Los Angeles. His parents inspired characters of role models in his films. He began preproduction on "Boyz n the Hood" before he graduated from the University of California's School of Cinematic Arts .

"Boyz n the Hood" (02:54)

This is an autobiographical film based on Singleton's experience growing up in South Central Los Angeles. It stars Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr.

"Poetic Justice" (03:57)

Singleton's second film stars Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. It is soft film about a woman grieving the death of her boyfriend in a gang related shooting in South Central Los Angeles.

"Higher Learning" (04:39)

Singleton's third film was an autobiographical story about his own university experience. It stars Ice Cube, Kristy Swanson, Omar Epps, and Michael Rappaport.

"Rosewood" (04:21)

This 1997 film, starring Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, and Don Cheadle, is a political, historical drama about racism. It is based on a real event in American history.

"Shaft" (03:18)

This film is Singleton's response to a blaxploitation movie released in 1971. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Christian Bale, and Toni Collette.

"Baby Boy (03:31)

This movie stars Tyrese Gibson and Snoop Dogg. It is about the experience of being a young black man in America.

"2 Fast 2 Furious (03:46)

This 2003 film stars Paul Walker, Eva Mendes, and Gibson. It is a high-speed action film. Singleton's work changed the direction of the movie franchise.

"Four Brothers" (03:14)

This remake of "The Sons of Katie Elder" is about adopted brothers on a mission to find out why their mother was murdered.

"Abduction" (04:27)

This 2011 thriller starring Lily Collins and Taylor Lautner was not well received. Singleton directed several television episodes before creating "Snowflake," He died in 2019.

Credits: John Singleton (The Directors, Season 7) (00:39)

Credits: John Singleton (The Directors, Season 7)

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This series looks at the 20th century’s iconic film directors; the real innovators whose breakthrough direction made film into the movies. Their early lives, often escaping war or poverty found expression in theatre, then film, forming the fundamental art that is cinema. This episode focuses on John Singleton.

Length: 42 minutes

Item#: BVL283517

ISBN: 979-8-88678-572-2

Copyright date: ©2022

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