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The Cool World (1963)

US 125m, B&W
Director: Shirley Clarke; Cast: Hampton Clanton, Yolanda Rodríguez, Antonio Fargas, Carl Lee, Clarence Williams III

the_cool_worldThe Cool World is an adaptation of Warren Miller’s 1959 novel of the same name about life in Harlem and the racism and prejudices facing its inhabitants. Set to a soundtrack recorded by Dizzy Gillespie and his band, this a colourful portrayal of a teenager named Duke who looks to buy a gun to become president of a gang called the Pythons. A stark coming of age story, The Cool World is less entertainment than historical document of African-American life in the late 1950s (Klaus Ming April 2016).

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This entry was posted on 04/10/2016 by in 1001 List, 1960s, All and tagged .
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