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The Cool World (1963)

3.4 of 5 from 45 ratings
1h 50min
Not released
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Synopsis:
Filmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society. There is no patronizing of the black race in this cinematic cry for justice. A fifteen-year-old boy called Duke (Rony Clanton) is ambitious to buy a "piece" (a gun) from an adult racketeer named Priest (Carl Lee), to become president of the gang to which he belongs, and to return them to active "bopping" (gang fighting) which has declined in Harlem.
It is a clearly patent allegory of an attempt by Duke to attain manhood and identity in the only way accessible to him - the antisocial one.
Actors:
, , Yolanda Rodríguez, , , Bostic Felton, , , Georgia Burke, Marilyn Cox, , , , Ronald Perry, Bruce Edwards, Lloyd Edwards, Teddy McCain, Joe Oliver, Claude Cave,
Directors:
Producers:
Frederick Wiseman
Writers:
Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee, Warren Miller, Robert Rossen
Genres:
Documentary, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W

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