Director Without Borders

The restless innovations of independent pioneer Shirley Clarke
by David Cairns   posted Jul 14, 2008

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Thanks! I knew there was some controversy about this, hence my "supposedly", since the play was publicised at the time as a work or improvisation, but I didn't have access to exact information about this.
dcairns   posted 17.07.08

For the record, there's nothing (or at least very little) that's improvised about Jack Gelber's dialogue in The Connection; if you check the play as published, it matches the dialogue used in the film. I saw the Living Theatre's amazing original production three times, and the speeches were the same each time around; only the jazz solos were different. Jonathan Rosenbaum
J. Rosenbaum   posted 16.07.08


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David Cairns is a writer, director, and blogger. His short film Cry For Bobo (2001) has won 24 awards around the world. He has written for several UK TV series including Intergalactic Kitchen and Twisted Tales. His articles have appeared in The Village Voice, The Believer, and Senses of Cinema.

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