LAWRENCE DONALD "LARRY" CLARK (born January 19, 1943) is an American
film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best
known for his controversial teen film Kids (1995) and his photography
* 1 Early life * 2 Career
* 3 Films
* 3.1 Kids * 3.2 Other work
* 4 Personal life * 5 Filmography * 6 References * 7 External links
Clark was born in Tulsa,
In 1964, he moved to New York City to freelance, but was drafted
within two months to serve in the
Vietnam War . His experiences there
led him to publish the 1971 book
Routinely carrying a camera, from 1963 to 1971 Clark produced pictures of his drug-shooting coterie that have been described by critics as "exposing the reality of American suburban life at the fringe and ... shattering long-held mythical conventions that drugs and violence were an experience solely indicative of the urban landscape."
His follow-up was Teenage Lust (1983), an "autobiography" of his teen
past through the images of others. It included his family photos, more
teenage drug use, graphic pictures of teenage sexual activity, and
young male hustlers in
In 1993, Clark directed
Chris Isaak 's music video "Solitary Man ".
This experience developed into an interest in film direction. After
publishing other photographic collections, Clark met
In 2001, Clark shot three features Bully , Ken Park and Teenage Caveman over a span of nine months, As of 2017 they are his last films to feature professional actors.
In 2002, Clark spent several hours in a police cell after punching and trying to strangle Hamish McAlpine, the head of Metro Tartan, the UK distributor for Clark's film Ken Park . According to McAlpine, who was left with a broken nose, the incident arose from an argument about Israel and the Middle East, and he claims that he did not provoke Clark.
In a 2016 interview, Clark discussed his lifelong struggle with drug abuse, although stating he maintained total sobriety while filmmaking. Clark stated that his films were made in periods of complete sobriety. He confessed that the only exception made to his practice of abstinence while filming was Marfa Girl 2. Clark explained that while filming that movie he used opiates for pain due to double knee replacement surgery.
Clark's films often deal with seemingly lurid material but are told in a straightforward manner. Directors such as Gus Van Sant and Martin Scorsese have stated that they were influenced by Clark's early photography, according to Peter Biskind 's book Down and Dirty Pictures. In both his photographic and cinematic works, Clark pursues a set of related themes: the destructiveness of dysfunctional family relationships, masculinity and the roots of violence, religious intolerance and bigotry, the links between mass imagery and social behaviors, and the construction of identity and sexuality in adolescence.
Film critics who do not find social or artistic value in Clark's work have labeled his films obscene , exploitative , and borderline child pornography because of their frequent and explicit depictions of teenagers using drugs and having sex. However Roger Ebert was a fan of his work, Giving positive reviews to Kids , Another Day in Paradise , Bully , and Wassup Rockers .
In Kids (1995), his most widely known film, boys portrayed as being as young as 12 are shown to be casually drinking alcohol and using other drugs. The film received an NC-17 rating, and was later released without a rating when Disney bought Miramax.
Ken Park is a more sexually and violently graphic film than Kids, including a scene of auto-erotic asphyxiation and ejaculation by an emotionally rattled high-school boy (portrayed by James Ransone , then in his early 20s). As of 2015 , it has not been widely released or distributed in the United States.
Ken Park was banned for its graphic sexual content, and
a protest screening held in response was immediately shut down by the
police. Australian film critic
Clark has won the top prizes at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier
(for Another Day in Paradise), the
Stockholm Film Festival (for Bully)
Rome Film Festival (for Marfa Girl). He has also competed for
Clark is represented by Simon Lee Gallery in London and the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City. He has one son and one daughter, Matthew and Julianna.
* Kids (1995) * Another Day in Paradise (1998) * Bully (2001) * Teenage Caveman (2002, television film) * Ken Park (2002) * Wassup Rockers (2005) * Destricted (2006, with various other artists) * Marfa Girl (2012) * The Smell of Us (2014, French)
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