A dancer and choreographer turned filmmaker, Shirley Clarke's first feature-length film established her as a major figure in the burgeoning New American Cinema that also included John Cassavetes' Shadows and Alfred Leslie and Robert Frank's Pull My Daisy. An adaptation of Jack Gelber's acclaimed Beat play about junkies, musicians and other assorted figures waiting for a fix, The Connection uses cinema verité methods to perfectly capture a subculture. Unfortunately neglected in film history, Clarke's film is truly a milestone of independent cinema.
(Shirley Clarke, 1961, 35mm, B&W, 110 min)
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