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The Connection

INNER TRUTH Carl Lee as ''Cowboy'' and Warren Finnerty as ''Leach'' in The Connection

INNER TRUTH Carl Lee as ''Cowboy'' and Warren Finnerty as ''Leach'' in The Connection (Richard Foreman Jr.)

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The Connection

Genre: Drama; Runtime (in minutes): 103

Shirley Clarke’s legendary low-budget feature, completed in 1961 (and effectively suppressed by the censors), finally gets the release it deserves. The entire film unfolds in an oily-walled, bare-bulb junkies’ tenement, where eight men are waiting for their fix. The dialogue, from Jack Gelber’s play, has a late-’50s hepcat snarl, but Clarke, her camera moving with voyeuristic precision, recasts the material as a literal documentary in the making. She gets at the inner truth of addicts — that they’re pining for transcendence in the void. A-

Originally posted May 4 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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