Connection, The: Shirlet Clarke’s Indie Film

Shirley Clarke applied cinema verite style to her first, independently produced feature, The Connection, shot in black and white on a minuscule budget.

Adapted from Jack Gelber’s Living Theatre drama about heroin junkies, this controversial film was banned for a year because of its “foul” language.

Though it is now hailed as a trailblazer for alternative cinema, at the time, most mainstream critics didn’t get the film and thus deemed it crude and offensive.