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American Independent: A Focus on Shirley Clarke

The Connection

In this mesmerising film, a group of sweaty, tense musicians in a Manhattan loft kill time playing jazz and sparring.

Image from The Connection

USA 1961
Dir Shirley Clarke
With William Redfield, Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow

Desperate for their next drug hit and holed up in a Manhattan loft, a group of sweaty, tense jazz players break out into moody jazz whilst sparring in edgy style. How will they make it through? Based on an original stage play, Clarke’s introduction of a filmmaker character challenged the new ‘direct cinema’ documentary modes that were then in the ascent.


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