Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke – The Connection (1962)


THE CONNECTION is one of the most vital, fascinating films of the American independent world. Created by a woman director, Shirley Clarke, at a time when they were in very short supply, the film shattered stereotypes in just about every conceivable way. And yet, the film remained unseen for many years. Read More »

Shirley Clarke – A Moment in Love (1956)

The recurring theme of dance once again works its way into a Shirley Clarke project, as this short film features a performance that takes place across a multitude of environments. As a primary couple intimately interacts, Clarke tests herself as a filmmaker by enhancing the performance with camera movements and visual additions. Altering the setting and the atmosphere with the use of back-projection, this intriguing piece illustrates Clarke’s willingness to experiment on many levels. Read More »

Shirley Clarke – Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World (1963)


A hybrid of talking heads, an extended speech and pastoral home life, Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World studies legendary American poet Robert Frost with the intimate signature of director Shirley Clarke. The film begins with a voiceover from President John F. Kennedy: “The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the lost champion of the individual mind and sensibility, against an intrusive society and officious state.” This begins President Kennedy’s encomium to Frost, honoring his life and career at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on March 26, 1962. Read More »

Shirley Clarke – The Cool World (1964)

“The Cool World”, a 1963 independent film directed by Shirley Clarke is probably the most shocking, interesting, and realistic film I have ever seen. The films follows the character of Duke played by Rony Clanton. This film shows how it really was to be an African American teen growing up in urban America (Harlem, N.Y.) in the 1960’s. The gun serves as a character in the film itself, for it demonstrates manhood for the character of Duke. Read More »