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The Connection1962

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  • 4.0
One of the most vital, fascinating films of the American independent world was created by a female director, Shirley Clarke, at a time when they were in very short supply. The film shattered stereotypes in just about every conceivable way. 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.

Member Reviews (2)

4 for overall directive effort. 4 for the casting. 4 for Carl, Freddie, Jackie, and Steve Buscem....I mean, Warren Finnerty. Not the most memorable of plots but that jazz was tops. Subtle vignettes of period dialogue and Tarantino types of exchange between the aforementioned 'cliches' (agreed, Jeremy A), kept me watching for more.

If i was basing my rating on the music alone it would be at least 3 or 4. However, most of the acting is stiff, probably due mostly to the overly contrived dialogue, cliche after cliche. Don't bother unless you're a big fan of jazz. Even so some fine riffs are interrupted by inane "cool" gab.