“The Connection” (1961) is the first feature film by Shirley Clarke, based on the play by Jack Gelber. Milestone Films has re-released “The Connection” in a restored print, and its home DVD will be coming in 2013.
Shirley Clarke’s “The Connection” Trailer
Most of the actors from the original stage production reprised their roles for the film: Warren Finnerty as Leach, Carl Lee as Cowboy, Garry Goodrow as Ernie, Jerome Raphel as Solly, Barbra Winchester as Sister Salvation, and Henry Proach as Harry. All the musicians from the original stage production appeared: Freddie Redd (composer, piano), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Michael Mattos (bass), and Larry Ritchie (drums). Non-original cast members James Anderson and Wlliam Redfield took the roles of Sam and Jim Dunn. The character of Jaybird was cut from the film, that role essentially shifted to an off-screen camera operator, J.J. Burden, voiced by Roscoe Lee Brown. –wiki
(October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997)
Shirley Clarke: A Retrospective
|The Cool World (1964)
Music by Mal Waldron (composer) The Dizzy Gillespie quintet