The Connection

Part of the ongoing citywide Earshot Jazz Festival (through Nov. 4), this week's Earshot Jazz Film Festival features four titles including Shirley Clark's 1961 The Connection, based on Jack Gelber's play. A fine retro offering in the cinematic season of scag, The Connection centers around a doofus documentarian filming a bunch of junkies waiting for their fix in a decrepit Manhattan loft. What's most radical about Clarke's movie isn't the depiction of the needle and the damage done but her critique of the burgeoning American cinema vérité movement and its claims of capturing "the truth." Among the supporting cast are actual jazz musicians including Jackie McLean. (NR) MELISSA ANDERSON

Oct. 19-25, 7 & 9:15 p.m., 2012

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