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The Cool World

The Cool World

1963 / 105min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: SHIRLEY CLARKE

CAST: RONY CLANTON, CARL LEE, YOLANDA RODRíGUEZ, CLARENCE WILLIAMS III

PRODUCER - FREDERICK WISEMAN
WRITERS - SHIRLEY CLARKE AND CARL LEE
FROM THE BOOK BY - WARREN MILLER
FROM THE PLAY BY - ROBERT ROSSEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY - BAIRD BRYANT
SET DECORATION - ROGER FURMAN
ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR - MADELINE ANDERSON

Summer, Harlem, 1963. In Clarke’s grim, confrontational, and completely captivating vérité-style classic, mostly nonprofessional actors—the phenomenal debut of Rony Clanton, along with the established Carl Lee and Clarence Williams III—bring to gritty life a novel by Warren Miller that revolves around a teenager aspiring to be a gang member. Loose and freeform-feeling yet assembled with a complete artistic vision, Clarke’s film moves to the improvised rhythms of the street.

Rony Clanton will appear in person!

New 35mm print courtesy of Zipporah Films and preserved by the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center from the original camera negatives in the Zipporah Films Collection.