Little Fugitive

We just watched this film. I found it at the library and knew nothing about it. It’s really beautiful! Apparently Truffaut credited it with inspiring the French New Wave. Might not be true, but I was certainly thinking of similarities as I watched.

8 thoughts on “Little Fugitive

  1. Interesting film, I’d never heard of it, amazing for it’s period. I became so engrossed that I watched several more of the clips, I kept wondering if the rain sequence was faked but then I realised that it wasn’t, he just took advantage of it raining. Wiki has a nice page with some background info. When I was that age I looked like the kid Joey.

  2. Thanks, GF…I’ve been thinking about it a lot today, and have more to say, but haven’t had time. We watched two short films on the DVD made by the filmmakers’ daughter…about Ruth Orkin and Morris ENgle. Fascinating. You could certainly tell that they were still photographers first, I think. If you can find the movie on DVD (I believe it’s on netflix) I’d recommend it!

  3. Fantastic pieces of film.. particularly love the way the opening clip ends with a reference to the “parachutes” ride featured earlier. I can also imagine parts of a certain screenplay superimposed over shots of the little boy wandering through the fair.

    Architect Rem Koolhaas’ study of surrealism and the Big Apple, Delirious New York, has some interesting passages on Coney Island as a “laboratory” for the city- one is reproduced here..

    • I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I’m looking forward to it! Coney Island is such an odd and fascinating place. I’ve driven by, but I’ve never been there.

      And watching this made me want to shoot in Black and white, speaking of my screenplay. But I don’t think I should.

  4. I especially loved the shot of the couple folding a towel under the boardwalk. It does feel a lot like photography brought to life but it’s beautiful.

    • I loved that, too! What a graceful moment. It seems like they’re so lucky to have captured it! I don’t think it was staged, but I suppose it could have been.

  5. I’ve been racking my brains for days to try to remember what this reminds me of, and I can’t remember. It’s driving me nuts. It really is breathtaking, both in the manner of the story telling and the cinematography. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hello SpottedRIchard! Thanks for watching. It reminds me of quite a few films…The Red Balloon, 400 Blows, so many others. I feel that if the film had been French or Italian I would have seen it, or studied it in college. I wonder if Hollywood was such an overwhelming beast in America at the time that an independent film didn’t stand a chance. Or maybe the difference was that this was made in 53, in the early days of the not-so-adventurous 50s, and the nouveau vague came closer to the 60s?

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