- LITTLE FUGITIVE
- 1953, Richard Ashley, Morris Engel,
- and Ruth Orkin, USA, 80 min.
- With Richie Andrusco, Richard Brewster
“Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for LITTLE FUGITIVE. It showed us the way.”
“Coney Island was never more lovingly depicted and few movies have been more dedicated to a child's point of view... Funny? Yes. Colorful? Undoubtedly. Cute? Not really--and that's the beauty part.”
—J. Hoberman, Village Voice
This overlooked landmark of American independent cinema is presented in a newly restored 35mm print. Light on plot but rich in ambience, LITTLE FUGITIVE follows a seven-year-old boy who is driven by a misunderstanding to flee his working-class Brooklyn home and spend a day and a night wandering about the seedy yet enchanting environs of Coney Island. LITTLE FUGITIVE was clearly influenced by Italian neorealism, but its more freewheeling style points forward to the French New Wave. Both John Cassavetes and François Truffaut cited it as a key influence on their own work. 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. 35mm. (MR)