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The Connection - Wellington Film Society


Mon 26 May 2014, 6:15pm–8:00pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00
  • Additional fees may apply

(Shirley Clarke USA 1962) M

“The film that made Shirley Clarke an underground legend. Adapted from Jack Gelber’s play, The Connection follows an enthusiastic young director filming a group of junkies as they talk, bicker and improvise jazz whilst waiting for their heroin ‘connection’. Clarke’s debut feature is an absolute must. Among the excellent cast are Blue Note legends Jackie McLean and Freddie Redd.”
- Edinburgh Film Festival.

“Like an anteroom in hell, The Connection logs the listless waiting of West Village druggies caught in that irreducible moment before the dealer delivers. Director Shirley Clarke captures this hep crash pad with the distanced cool of a Miles Davis composition: the highly inventive roving camera, some marvelous medicated acting, and a poignant jazz score add up to a truly hip mise-en-scène... Clarke’s first feature is also a critique of filmic reality, brought to us courtesy of a filmmaker within the story who is making a documentary about addicts. Curiosity gets the better of this would-be documentarian, who wonders what’s going on behind the door marked ‘toilet.’ That’s where the ‘shit’ happens.”
- Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive

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