The Connection (1962)
Shirley Clarke's legendary low-budget feature, completed in 1961 (and effectively suppressed by the censors), finally gets the release it deserves.

The Connection is a jazz film, and it's also a film about junkies. Not all jazz films revolve around substance abuse, but many do: Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm, Bertrand Tavernier's Round Midnight, etc.

Eight drug addicts gather in a Manhattan loft to wait for their connection. To pay for their drugs, they have agreed to allow Dunn, a would-be documentary filmmaker, to photograph them. Film within a film records their conversation, reflections, and an impromptu jam session involving four of the junkies who are musicians. The "connection" arrives with a soldier from the Salvation Army, who suspects the addicts are drinking and beats a hasty retreat. Dunn is then persuaded to try some heroin so that he will have a deeper understanding of the subject of his film, and he becomes violently ill.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Cast: Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Jerome Raphael
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

The Connection (1962) DVD9

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:38:47 | 4.92 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: Francais

-- Behind The Scenes
-- Interview Shirley Clarke

The Connection (1962) Blu-Ray Project Shirley Volume 1

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:42:58 | 41.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

• The Connection Home Movies (6:27)
• A Conversation with Albert Brenner (4:40 )
• Connecting with Freddie Redd (27:32)
• The Connection-Behind The Scenes (5:50)
• The Connection trailer (1:36)
• Carl and Max at the Chelsea (4:17)
• Two 45rpm songs: Who Killed Cock Robin (2:10) and I'm in Love (1:55)

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