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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Diderot's rating of the film The Cool World

    As an historical document, it's a very important piece that is unduly neglected. As a work of art, it contains all of the virtues and vices of feature-length experimental narrative (which means most of its strengths are cancelled out by the tiresomeness of its barely imagined plot and characters). But Duke's monologue about children spending pennies is one of the greatest sequences in American Cinema.

  2. Mike Spence's rating of the film The Cool World

    It'd plot isn't what makes it beautiful. It's the divergences from the plot, the brilliant editing and the simplicity of the performers that make this slice of truth so compelling. And don't get caught up in ethnicity. Duke is everyone and so are you.

  3. Kyle Lewis's rating of the film The Cool World

    An amazing find. Clarke is way ahead of her time. The Cool World should be in the conversation with Cassavetes' Shadows when people talik about great early American independent Cinema.