“I’m not even supposed to be here today!” From low-budget to no-budget, Kevin Smith’s rude, crude debut “Clerks”.
Smith was working at a convenience store, so that’s where he made his film, financed by selling his comic books and running up credit card debts. He worked in the store by day and shot the film at night, putting local actors and friends together and pointing a camera at them.
What little story there is, is kinda based on Dante’s “Inferno”. Smith admits he’s no director, but what he’s great at is writing hilarious scenarios and dialogue with real heart. It’s a breakthrough classic.
Empire listed it as the 4th best indie film ever, and it has just been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.