• Unrated, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Shirley Clarke
    In Theaters:
    Apr 20, 1964 Wide
  • Cinema V

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The Cool World Reviews

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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As we've come to expect of Miss Clarke's pictures, it is boldly and studiously styled as a literal documentation of a particular social scene, and its attack is more that of the reporter than of the interested teller of a tale.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2012

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This little alleycat film captures the day-to-day desperation of the ghetto world, mainlining its images with transfusions of eclectic jazz background.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 27, 2012

Time Out
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Often crudely photographed, but with a brilliantly multi-layered sound-track which integrates some fine jazz.

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March 27, 2012
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

A truly unmissable, unforgettable experience.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 5/5

March 27, 2012
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score.

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March 27, 2012
Variety Staff
Variety
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Sometimes the characters get a bit lost in the general schematics of the pic, which at times waters down its underlying irony. But, overall, Clarke has a firm hold on her characters and story.

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February 23, 2012
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