Shirley Clarke

1/4/1975 - 1/14/1975

Location: Theatre Vanguard
9014 Melrose Avenue , Los Angeles, California 90069

Time: 20:00:00

Day: Monday


It is with special pleasure that Theatre Vanguard and Women in Film are able to present Shirley Clark, in person, with a retrospective of her film and video work. On Saturday January 4, 1975 at 8:30 PM, will be shown THE COOL WORLD (1975), an amazing adaptation of Warren Miller's novel about young gangs in Harlem, and in fact the first feature to actually be shot in Harlem. Jacques Rivette and the French New Wave critics hailed COOL WORLD as one of the ten greatest sound films. On the same program will be Ms. Clarke's lyrical short film SKYSCRAPER.Tuesday, January 7, at 8:00 PM, will be shown Ms. Clarke's exceptional film of the Living Theatre's production of Jack Gelber's award-winning play of THE CONNECTION (1960). The action takes place entirely in a New York loft apartment where eight heroin addicts have gathered waiting for their dope dealer to arrive. In order to get enough money to pay for the the dope, they let the film crew pay them to allow them to photographed playing jazz and telling anecdotes about their lives. The camera moves about the caged environment with brilliant intensity, and the resulting film has been universally hailed as one of the definitive depictions of the Beat Generation. With THE CONNECTION will be Ms. Clarke's UNICEF short, A SCARY TIME. Tuesday, January 14, at 8:00 PM will be shown PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967) a compelling feature length interview with a young black an who candidly describes his whole life, from his earliest childhood memories to his present occupation as a hustler. As with Ms. Clarke's other films, JASON was widely acclaimed as one of the greatest films of our time, not the least praise coming from Ingmar Bergman. On the same program with JASON will be three short films: BRIDGES-GO-ROUND (shown with its original electronic soundtrack by Louis and Bebe Barron), the dance film MOMENT IN LOVE, and the extraordinary BELGIAN LOOPS, a series of looped images created for continuous projection at the Brussels World's Fair of 1958, and foreshadowing many experiments of the metaphysical, structural filmmakers of the 60s. After the screening, Ms. Clarke will conduct a live video performance. Ms. Clarke will be present at each screening to introduce the films and answer questions, an exceptional opportunity to meet with and study the works of one of the greatest American filmmakers. [Source: Theatre Vanguard Program Notes, 1975]