The Shirley Clarke Project by Milestone Films – NYTimes.com

April 29, 2012

The Shirley Clarke Project by Milestone Films – NYTimes.com

By MANOHLA DARGIS

“DANCER, bride, runaway wife, radical filmmaker and pioneer —Shirley Clarke is one of the great undertold stories of American independent cinema. A woman working in a predominantly male world, a white director who turned her camera on black subjects, she was a Park Avenue rich girl who willed herself to become a dancer and a filmmaker, ran away to bohemia, hung out with the Beats and held to her own vision in triumph and defeat. She helped inspire a new film movement and made urgently vibrant work that blurs fiction and nonfiction, only to be marginalized, written out of histories and dismissed as a dilettante. She died in 1997 at 77 and is long overdue for a reappraisal …”


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