LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953) & THE 400 BLOWS (1959) (double feature)
Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, 2013:
New 35mm print!
1953, USA, 80 minutes, 35mm,
Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy
Written and directed by Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin Starring Richie Andrusco, Richard Brewster
Music by Eddie Manson
Cinematography by Morris Engel
Wed & Thu: 7:30 pm
"Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for the young Morris Engel, with his fine Little Fugitive."
- François Truffaut
"Like childhood itself, it's over before you're ready to let it go."
- Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
PLUS, on the same double feature:
THE 400 BLOWS
1959, France, 99 minutes, 35mm, Janus Films
Directed by François Truffaut
Written by François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier
In French with English subtitles
Wed & Thu: 9:10 pm
"The later films have their own merits, and Stolen Kisses is one of Truffaut's best, but The 400 Blows, with all its simplicity and feeling, is in a class by itself."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Still one of the cinema's most perceptive forays into childhood."
- Derek Adams, Time Out
"Distinguished by its intensity of feeling and freewheeling use of the wide-screen frame, the film ranks among Truffaut's best."
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
This is a double feature:
your ticket admits you to BOTH films on the program!
Screening formats: 35mm
More information on LITTLE FUGITIVE
from Cinema Conservancy's website:
7-year-old Brooklynite Joey flees to Coney Island after a mischievous prank leads Joey to believe he's accidentally killed his older brother Lennie. With six dollars in his pocket, Joey indulges himself with amusement rides and junk food, and as the weekend progresses, Lennie begins an equally adventurous search for his missing kid brother.
Little Fugitive is an Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy Release. Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Film Foundation and The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Fund.
Story of Release:
APD released Little Fugitive through its Cinema Conservancy program to introduce a new generation of audiences to the film and its depiction of New York in the 1950s. Unlike other Cinema Conservancy releases, Little Fugitive is not a lost or forgotten film. In fact, it is a pioneer of the independent film movement and its influence continues to be felt throughout cinema today. As the New York City documented in Little Fugitive continues to recede into memory, APD felt that the film's 60th anniversary was the perfect opportunity to bring it back into theaters and re-introduce it to audiences.
"Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for Morris Engel's fine movie Little Fugitive. It showed us the way", so said Francois Truffaut acknowledging the significance of Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin and Ray Ashley's 1953 Little Fugitive. More than just an independent landmark, Little Fugitive also announced a revolution in filmmaking that reverberated both in New York and around the world. Using a custom designed camera, new for its small size and easy portability, Engel took filmmaking into the streets, much as he and Orkin and others had done previously with still photography at the Photo League. In the process, a new trail for independent film production was blazed.
Little Fugitive is also a personal and tender look at Brooklyn childhood in the early 1950's; of one-parent homes, and siblings looking after one another in the absence of adults. It shows the urban marvel of Coney Island at it's peak, and the people who gathered there by the thousands on summer days, indelibly etched in the childhood memories of so many New Yorkers. It is fiction, but it also ethnography. The 60th anniversary of the film provided extra impetus to herald Little Fugitive once again.
Working in partnership with Mary Engel, daughter of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin and Director of the Orkin/Engel Film, and Photo Archive, APD struck new 35mm prints using the Museum of Modern Art's preservation negative. MoMA's negative was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Film Foundation, and The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Fund.
The re-release was greeted with an incredible public response. Little Fugitive premiered for a week run at New York's Film Forum using the newly struck 35mm print. On opening night, star Richie Andrusco was present to introduce the film to a sold-out house.
Official Selection Venice Film Festival
- Winner of the Silver Lion Award
Academy Award Nomination for Best Motion Picture Story
Selected for the National Film Registry
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