The 50th Anniversary of "The Connection"

Friday, May 04, 2012

In 1962, after just two matinees of "The Connection," the screenings were stopped, the theater closed, and the projectionist arrested, because the New York State Board of Regents had declared the film, about heroin addicts waiting for their dealer, to be obscene. Wendy Clarke, daughter of Shirley Clarke, the film's director, talks about the controversial film. She’s joined by Garry Goodrow, who played Ernie in it, and by Dennis Doros of Milestone Film & Video, which restored the film, "The Connection" opens May 4 at IFC Center.


Wendy Clarke, Dennis Doros and Garry Goodrow
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Comments [2]

jon from bensonhurst from Bensonhurst

Leonard did indeed refer to this film ad "tame by today's standards" (despite his protestations towatd the end of the segment), as the guest correctly stated when recapping some key points. Leonard's prickly behavior is becoming more and more untenable...not the affable crmudgeon he portrays.

May. 04 2012 01:19 PM
Vinny from Manalapan, NJ

The trailer link was slightly difficult to find.

May. 04 2012 12:52 PM

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