The Cool World (1964)
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as Mrs. Custis
as Beep Bop
as Big Jeff
as Littleman's Father
as Miss Dewpoint
as Mr. Shapiro
as Douglas Thurston
as Mr. Osborne
as Big Daddy
as Coney Island Girl
as Priest's Buddy
as Street Speaker
Critic Reviews for The Cool World
Clarke's images endow the characters' energies with a sculptural grandeur and embrace street life with a keenly attentive, unsentimental avidity.
The only thing that could make this world cooler would be a gun, and in the boy's quest to acquire one from a local hustler, Clarke shows a needy child maturing into a hardened criminal.
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.
Often crudely photographed, but with a brilliantly multi-layered sound-track which integrates some fine jazz.
It certainly had a visceral impact when it first appeared, helped enormously by Baird Bryant's cinematography and Dizzy Gillespie's score.
Audience Reviews for The Cool World
a semi-documentary made by shirley clarke, recognized as one of the leading independent film makers of the early 60s new american cinema. starring real harlem youth and gang members, the film explores the ghetto slum life of drugs and violence without the heavy moralizing of most hollywood films of the period. brilliant editing and killer jazz score by the dizzy gillespie quintet
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