The Connection 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… The Connection 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… PT103M Drama
Movie Review

The Connection

INNER TRUTH Carl Lee as ''Cowboy'' and Warren Finnerty as ''Leach'' in The Connection
Image credit: Richard Foreman Jr.
INNER TRUTH Carl Lee as ''Cowboy'' and Warren Finnerty as ''Leach'' in The Connection
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Length: 103 Minutes; Genre: Drama

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 02, 2012 Published in issue #1206 May 11, 2012 Order article reprints