Shirley Clarke Retrospective: The Cool World

Not rated, 105 min. Directed by Shirley Clarke. Starring Rony Clanton, Carl Lee, Yolanda Rodríguez, Clarence Williams III, Gloria Foster and Mel Stewart.

The story follows a black, adolescent boy in Harlem trying to buy a gun to take back to his gang. However, the kinetic and observant way in which Shirley Clarke films this makes it seem almost like a documentary. It's little wonder then that Frederick Wiseman, in his first screen credit, is the producer of The Cool World.
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