Director: Gordon Parks, Jr.
Areas Featured: Carl Schurz Park
On the surface, Super Fly may appear like many in the blaxploitation genre, but it's in this poignant scene that the film escapes the familiar constructs and solidifies itself as something greater. Youngblood Priest (Ron O'Neal) is a cocaine dealer, yes. But in a surreal scene taking with Georgia (Sheila Frazier) in the Upper East Side's Carl Schurz Park, he emerges as a real character, not a caricature. His lover urges him to quit the drug game: "I could be happy with a plain life, a poor one if only you were." Ambition may be the name of the game, but it's different than happiness, and Priest acknowledges that inconvenient truth in this surprisingly relatable scene.-SC