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U.S. film. Excellent quality. Jazz and heroin. A movie...within a movie. The Connection is a film that was ahead of its time about junkies and jazz musicians waiting in a dingy NYC apartment for Cowboy, the man who'll bring them heroin. A documentary filmmaker wants to make a cinéma vérité film about the junkies' lifestyle so he offers to pay for a week's worth of junk if they agree to let him and his cameraman film them hanging out waiting for their fix. He even films cockroaches crawling on the walls.

The characters take turns speaking to the camera in rambling rants and declarations of junkie philosophy. In the mix we see and hear real-life, Blue Note jazz musicians; tenor sax player Jackie McLean, pianist Freddie Redd, bassist Michael Mattos, and drummer Larry Ritchie. When Cowboy arrives they all take turns going to the bathroom to get their shot.

The Connection was a groundbreaking 1959 off-Broadway play from New York City's Living Theater group, written by Jack Gelber. The film version includes most of the same actors and jazz musicians who were in the play. Warren Finnerty, Jerome Raphael, Garry Goodrow, Jim Anderson, Carl Lee, Barbara Winchester, Henry Proach, Roscoe Lee Browne, J. J. Burden, William Redfield, Jim Dunn, Freddie Redd, Jackie McLean, Larry Ritchie, Michael Mattos.

Plus this bonus selection...

U.S. documentary short. Phyllis recalls how she became a junkie. It all started driving around after school with her friends smoking pot, laughing and having a ball. Then she met "Chuck," the suave dope peddler who turned her onto "H." Quickly they marry. The cops raid their pad; Chuck flushes their stash and goes to jail. Phyllis is now strung out without any dope. Bummer.

THE CONNECTION 1961 movie on DVD

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