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The Connection

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand

Shirley Clarke

  • 18

  • 110 mins

  • 1962

  • USA

  • English

Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Jerome Raphael, James Anderson

  • Director of Photography: Arthur J. Ornitz

  • Editor: Shirley Clarke

  • Produced by: Lewis Allen, Shirley Clarke

  • Music: Freddie Redd

  • Screenplay by: Jack Gelber

  • Production Designer: Richard Sylbert

Director Bio

Shirley Clarke

Director Bio

Shirley Clarke (1919-1997) was an American director and editor, known for Portrait of Jason (1967), The Cool World (1963) and The Connection (1961).


In 1996, to mark the publication of his new book Birdcalls, and as part of that year’s Centenary of Cinema in Scotland celebrations, Filmhouse, in conjunction with The Shore Poets, invited McGrath to perform a reading of his work at a special screening of a film of his choice. That film was The Connection. Shirley Clarke’s astonishing debut feature clearly reflects a key era in McGrath’s life, and helps us now to further illustrate the vast dimensions of his cultural experience and understanding.

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