The Cool World

Denver, CO: Wiseman Film Productions, 1964. Original one sheet poster for the 1964 film. Only one style of the poster is known to have been issued for its initial release.

A seminal film from many points of view. The second feature to be directed by Shirley Clarke, one of the few women to direct a film in the 1960s. Clarke's goal was to make a non-judgmental film that resisted the moralizing prevalent in Hollywood "social issue" films. It was the first film to be produced by Frederick Wiseman, who would go on to become a legendary documentary filmmaker, and was scored by noted jazz composer and pianist Mal Waldron, with performances by Dizzy Gillespie. "The Cool World" was the first American independent film to be screened at the Venice International Film Festival.

Clarke studied under Hans Richter, and became part of a circle in Greenwich Village that included Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, and Jonas Mekas. After founding the now-legendary Filmmakers Cooperative, she made a series of short films and documentaries. Her feature film debut was "The Connection," based on a play, concerning the lives of a group of heroin-addicted, small-time jazz musicians. "The Connection" became the director's "test case" in what was ultimately a victory against New York state's censorship rules. Importantly too, both "The Connection" and "The Cool World" were statements on the limitations of cinema verite, and while appearing improvisational, were in fact semi-documentaries with carefully scripted dialogue.

27 x 41 inches (105 x 89 cm), folded as issued. Rubber stamped "THE COOL WORLD" on the verso. Very Good plus, with shallow creasing at the edges and a few short closed tears.

[Book #132317]

Price: $950.00