The Connection by Shirley Clarke (1962, 103 min.). This restored American independent classic is a “play within a play within a jazz concert.” Jim Dunn is a self-righteous filmmaker using “real junkies” to make a movie about drug addiction. He sets up his camera inside a decrepit apartment filled with addicts—all waiting for their connection to arrive with drugs and passing the time by playing jazz. The music flows in and out of the movie, punctuating the characters’ dialogue and transforming the room into an eerie jazz club.

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Jazz on Film

The Connection

Next Session: This event is closed.
10:45 am - 12:25 pm
Remis Auditorium, 161
$7MFA members, seniors, and students
Ticket Purchase Required
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