Filmed in Harlem with nonprofessional actors, director Shirley Clarke’s second feature is a powerful slice of urban life in the early 1960s. The Cool World follows 15-year-old Duke and his street gang, the Royal Pythons. Although the film is scripted, the improvisations of the cast members, together with the black-and-white cinematography, give the fiction an unflinching realism. The music, composed by pianist Mal Waldron, is performed by a quintet featuring Dizzy Gillespie.


Director
Shirley Clarke
Released
1964
Country
USA
Running Time
104 minutes
Format
16mm, B/W
Website
http://zipporah.com/films/35