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The Cool World

Shirley Clarke / US, 1963 / 125 min.

Cinema Verité with a cool jazz score (by Dizzy Gillespie), but also the herald of the Blaxploitation genre. Shirley Clarke's The Cool World, about a black teenager in Harlem who wants to become a gang leader at all costs, still proudly stands after almost sixty years as the cinematic equivalent of a rousing but controlled jazz improvisation.

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Director

Shirley Clarke

Production year

1963

Country

US

Original title

The Cool World

Length

125 min.

Language

English

Format

35mm

Part of

Black Light

Black Light highlights the representation of black identity in films, from 1920 to the present.

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Illustration Brian Elstak
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