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The Cool World

6.2
38
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Original title
The Cool World
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee, Robert Rossen (Novel: Warren Miller)
Music
Mal Waldron
Cinematography
Baird Bryant
Cast
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Producer
Wiseman Film Productions
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Filmmaker Shirley Clarke ("The Connection") directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society. There is no patronizing of the black race in this cinematic cry for justice. A fifteen-year-old boy called Duke is ambitious to buy a "piece" (a gun) from an adult racketeer named Priest, to become president of the gang to which he belongs, and to return them to active "bopping" (gang fighting) which has declined in Harlem. It is a clearly patent allegory of an attempt by Duke to attain manhood and identity in the only way accessible to him - the antisocial one.
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