The Connection

The Connection

Director: Shirley Clarke Cast: Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Carl Lee

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Overview

Experimental director Shirley Clarke's first feature film is a no-compromise look at the dead-end world of drug addiction in Manhattan. Awaiting their next "connection," eight dopers sit in a bleak New York loft. The addicts agree to allow filmmaker William Redfield to shoot a documentary of their lifestyle--for a price. When their connection arrives, he suspects the filmmaker of being a narc and abruptly runs away. The film ends with Redfield agreeing to try some heroin himself in order to more thoroughly understand his "actors." While it appears totally improvised (especially a supposedly impromptu jam session with four musician junkies), The Connection was adapted from a play by Jack Gelber. Roscoe Lee Browne appears in the cast in one of his earliest movie roles.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2015
UPC: 0784148014043
Original Release: 1961
Source: Oscilloscope
Sales rank: 52,055

Special Features

The Connection home movies (b&w, 6 mins.); A conversation with Albert Brenner by Ross Lipman (4 mins.); Connecting with Freddie Redd (27 mins); The Connection-behind the scenes photo gallery; The Connection trailer; Carl and Max at the Chelsea (color home movie. 4 mins.); 1959 radio interview (29 mins.); Two 1964 marketing songs: "Who Killed Cock Robin" and "I'm In Love"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren Finnerty Leach
Garry Goodrow Ernie
Carl Lee Cowboy
William Redfield Jim Dunn
Roscoe Lee Browne J.J. Burden
Henry Proach Harry
Freddie Redd Piano Player
Robert Blake Actor
Jackie McLean Alto Sax
Jerome Raphel Solly
James Anderson Sam
Giorgia Moll Francesca Vanini
Linda Veras Siren

Technical Credits
Shirley Clarke Director,Editor,Producer
Lewis M. Allen Producer
Albert Brenner Art Director
Gene Callahan Set Decoration/Design
Jack Gelber Screenwriter
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Freddie Redd Score Composer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Connection
1. You're In The Movies, Baby [12:30]
2. A Honest, Human Document [7:08]
3. The Man Behind The Man [8:49]
4. The Circus Is Here! [8:08]
5. You Want Me To Laugh At Me [8:32]
6. This Cat Is Corroded [4:35]
7. Some Bathroom Shots [5:26]
8. Amen, Sister Salvation [8:58]
9. It's Not Really Real [5:57]
10. You Are Not Alone [11:58]
11. Now You Be The Hero [9:37]
12. It's All Yours Now [11:10]

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