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The Connection
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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The Connection
Earshot Jazz Film Festival

Oct 19 - Oct 25

(Shirley Clarke, USA, 1961, 35mm, 110 min)

New 35mm print!

Friday, Oct 19 at 07:00PM
Friday, Oct 19 at 09:15PM
Saturday, Oct 20 at 07:00PM
Saturday, Oct 20 at 09:15PM
Sunday, Oct 21 at 07:00PM
Sunday, Oct 21 at 09:15PM
Monday, Oct 22 at 07:00PM
Monday, Oct 22 at 09:15PM
Tuesday, Oct 23 at 07:00PM
Tuesday, Oct 23 at 09:15PM
Wednesday, Oct 24 at 09:15PM
Thursday, Oct 25 at 07:00PM
Thursday, Oct 25 at 09:15PM

When it was released in the early '60s, Shirley Clarke's controversial jazz & junkies film The Connection got shut down by New York police after just two screenings. Adapted from Jack Gelberg's 1959 play (he also wrote the script), The Connection is about a group of eight anxious addicts who agree to let a team of documentary filmmakers film them in a Manhattan loft while they wait for their pusher to arrive.  

While the film garnered rave reviews at Cannes (even the conservative American trade journal Variety noted that it would be a hit in "enlightened spots"), it faced a withering censorship battle back in the States that delayed its release by a year and a half. But the film's musical score helped keep it alive: an album was released, and jazz fans collected the LP that was all that was generally available of this mysterious movie which featured acclaimed saxophonist Jackie McLean. Shirley Clarke's feature debut remains a milestone of cinema verite and Jazz film.

"A lean, mean saga of jazz, junk and rebellion." -Salon.com

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Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

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