Monday, September 30

Special Engagements ArchiveElements of Cinema (previous events)

Elements of Cinema: The Connection



Free Screening & Discussion

1961 • dir Shirley Clarke w/William Redfield, Roscoe Lee Browne, Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Jerome Raphael, Jim Anderson, Carl Lee, Henry Proach, Barbara Winchester • 110 min • 35mm

2019 marks the centennial of acclaimed filmmaker Shirley Clarke and we’re excited to take the opportunity to celebrate her unique voice. Lauded by no less a figure than the great Agnés Varda, Clarke was active at a time when being a woman filmmaker was a true rarity and a real challenge. Nonetheless, the films that she produced – often straddling the line between fiction and documentary – are among some of the most interesting and challenging of her time. In THE CONNECTION, her first feature, Clarke assembles a cast of jazz musicians and stage actors to film a play about filmmaking. A group of heroin addicts await the arrival of their drug connection in a sleazy New York apartment while an eager young director, who has offered to pay for their fixes, films the whole seedy affair.

Joining us for this screening will be Harvard University film archivist Amy Sloper, who has worked extensively with Shirley Clarke’s archive and has a unique insight into this filmmaker and her work.

Guest Speaker:




“A lean, mean saga of jazz, junk and rebellion.”
– Andrew O’Hehir,

“Shirley Clarke’s work should continue to be screened, studied, and discussed, as she remains an iconoclastic artist who is vital to the development of the medium.”
– Bill Blick, Senses of Cinema

Elements of Cinema

Elements of Cinema logoThis monthly free screening and discussion series is one of the most popular events at the Theatre. Once a month, we invite a guest speaker or one of our staff to select a classic film and lead our audience in a post-screening discussion.