Richard Foreman Jr.
Owen Gleiberman
May 04, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Connection (1962)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
103 minutes
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

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-

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