• The Cool World

    1964. USA. Shirley Clarke. 105 min.

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Cool World

    1964. USA. Directed by Shirley Clarke. Screenplay by Clarke, Carl Lee. Music by Mal Waldron. With Hampton Clanton, Yolanda Rodriguez, Lee. A black teenager robs, brawls, and peddles dope on the mean streets of Harlem, dreaming of walking tall with his gang, the Royal Pythons, and his idol, a hipster-pusher named Priest. Produced by Frederick Wiseman, Clarke's raw, vital film is a landmark of American independent cinema—the critic Albert Johnson called it "a tone poem of the slums"—blending ragged storytelling with documentary-style location shooting, improvisation by a cast of nonprofessionals (Lee and Clarke recruited the toughest kids in Harlem's settlement houses, social clubs, and schools), and Mal Waldron's bluesy bop score, in which he is accompanied by the powerhouse lineup of Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, Aaron Bell, and Art Taylor. 105 min.

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