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THE WILD CHILD, Sunday Schmooze
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY
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THE WILD CHILD, Sunday Schmooze
Sunday, July 26
Bagel Brunch at 10am
Film at 11am
Followed by Discussion with CAC Co-Director Vic Skolnick

$9 Members / $12 Public
Active Membership Will Be Checked

Also Screening: Monday, July 27 at 7:30pm
(Regular Admission)

NEW 35mm PRINT! With Francois Truffauts poetic direction and renowned cinematographer Nestor Alamendros beautiful black and white images, The Wild Child is one of the masterpieces of French cinema. Truffaut, who acts in the film, offers an immaculately honest telling of the real life story of the wild boy of Aveyron. The film pays homage to the truly seminal work of Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard (1775-1838), the father of special education for children. In 1800, a filthy and naked boy, who could not speak and walked on all fours, was discovered living as an animal in a forest in the rural south of France. Captured, he was placed in a center for deaf mutes, where he was marketed like a freak show attraction by an unscrupulous attendant who sold tickets to curious Parisians. Moved by the childs predicament, Itard (Truffaut), gets permission to take the boy to his home, and there begin a series of exercises to socialize the youth, who he names Victor. Truffaut captures the slow, halting emergence of a human being. In giving birth to the idea of secular human development, Itard was a product of the intellectual revolution of the 18th centurys Age of Enlightenment: freed from religious dogma it posited the idea that through scientific methods of exploration, the human mind was capable of understanding human experience and the individuals place in the social order. Few fields were more deeply affected by these theories more than education. Childhood, and how we emerge from it, was a central concern of Truffauts work. Although films like The 400 Blows and Small Change are more famous, The Wild Child may be Truffauts deepest and finest exploration of that theme.

France, 1973, 83 min.

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Location

Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington, NY 11731
United States


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Film

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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