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The Connection

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INNER TRUTH Carl Lee as ''Cowboy'' and Warren Finnerty as ''Leach'' in The Connection
Richard Foreman Jr.

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-