The Connection

Directed by Shirley Clarke

Release: 1961
Runtime: 110
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Director: Shirley Clarke
Writer: Jack Gelber

Created by director Shirley Clarke at a time when female filmmakers were in short supply, THE CONNECTION shatters stereotypes to become one of the most vital American independent classics. Based on the play within a play by Jack Gelber, the film portrays a group of addicts waiting in a New York apartment for their next hit. Meanwhile, a writer has entered their midst to write a script about those in the group who are jazz musicians, analyzing their every move. With brilliantly written dialogue and kinetic choreography to match its musical players, this long-lost touchstone returns to distribution for the first time in decades with a new restoration from UCLA.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Color: B&W/Color