The Cool World
Shirley Clarke’s powerful portrayal of 1960s Harlem is a landmark of early American independent cinema, with an incredible score.
Dir Shirley Clarke
With Rony Clanton, Carl Lee, Yolanda Rodríguez, Clarence Williams
This powerful portrayal of 1960s Harlem features 15-year-old Duke navigating the complicated rules of the neighbourhood. Clarke blurred the lines between fiction and documentary by shooting the film on location in verité style and by enlisting a fantastic cast of non-professional actors and the renowned Frederick Wiseman as producer. The result is a landmark of early American independent cinema, with a memorable jazz score by Mal Waldron and Dizzy Gillespie.