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MBC Interactive Archive Project - 1960s - Counter Culture USA, presented by Miami Beach Film Society in collaboration with Ad-Hoc Cinema: THE CONNECTION by Shirley Clarke

  • 16 Oct 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:55 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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MBC Interactive Archive Project -

1960s-Counter Culture USA

Presented by the Miami Beach Film Society

in collaboration with Ad-Hoc Cinema

WED, OCT 16, 7p:

THE CONNECTION

Directed by SHIRLEY CLARKE/1961/1hr, 50mins.

Restored by the UCLA Film Archive and the Film Foundation

Restoration poster for THE CONNECTION, 2012, MBCarchive

THE CONNECTION is one of the most vital, fascinating films of the American independent world. Created by a woman director, Shirley Clarke, at a time when they were in very short supply, the film shattered stereotypes in just about every conceivable way. And yet, the film remained unseen for many years.

Shirley Clarke was a vital part of the burgeoning post-war American film movement. She was one of the first signers — and the only woman — of the New American Cinema manifesto in 1961. For her first feature film, she decided to take on a controversial play by Jack Gelber that was running off-Broadway. The Connection was a play within a play within a jazz concert. It portrayed a group of drug addicts, some of them jazz musicians, waiting in a New York loft apartment for their drug connection. A producer and a writer, meanwhile, have entered their lives to study them and write a play about them. The brilliantly written Beat dialogue was blended with jazz music written by the great pianist Freddie Redd.-Milestone Films

“Arthur Ornitz's black-and-white cinematography sparkles on the screen, and the performances of Freddie Redd and saxophone legend Jackie McLean sound impeccable in the new UCLA restoration. The release of THE CONNECTION is one of the cinema events of the year!”-Milestone Films



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