Really quite a
remarkable film, an ode to a past world of working class glitter,
The Little Fugitive should not be
passed up. Too many home theater enthusiasts are immediately turned off by
the simplicity of black and white images (Not really so simple, are they?)
and short change themselves of experiencing divine movie watching.
bottle at Coney.©Kino
Two young brothers living in working class Brooklyn
play in the streets, hang out with the guys, and interact with each other
like myriad brothers before them. Joey is seven and his big brother Lennie
is ten. The mundane neighborhood summertime play takes on another
dimension when Lennie and his older friends decide they want to get rid of
Joey for a spell. They convince Joey that something terrible has happened
during the course of their play. The younger boy is petrified by the
ramifications of his act and runs away from the scene to a place whose
wonders can make him forget almost anything: Coney Island.
Photographed and related from the point of view
of the young boy, The Little Fugitive brings to life the grand energy of the
bustling beach. Bodies laid out end-to-end present a picture of 1950s
America. The photography is
so startling that it could actually be broken down into a volume of
Young Richie Andrusco is perfectly natural under
Engelís direction. Perhaps itís the naturalistic style of shooting
that makes the first time actor so comfortable under the lensí eye. He
never did make another motion picture though. But above all, the camera is
the star and Morris Engel does an amazing job of making his instrument
sing the song of Coney Island.
I must relate how powerful this film was when
seen through the impressionable eyes of youth. Once upon a time when I was
somewhere between Joey and Lennieís age, I ran away to Coney Island from
my Queens home. Youíd never guess what inspired this fabled destination.
Fortunately I stopped at my grandmotherís apartment in Brooklyn to charm
a few bucks from her for the amusements and hot dogs and before the long
day and night had ended the police found me wandering the Coney boardwalks
and speeded me home in a patrol car.
Would-be filmmakers can use The Little
Fugitive as a study course in how to approach filmmaking. The love
embellished on the celluloid is evident in every frame. As a bonus, Kino
Video has packaged The Little Fugitive as a special edition with
audio commentary by director Morris Engel. Remember, heís looking back
almost fifty years, but he still does a credible job examining the
experience. The elements for the DVD are in very good shape. Expect
clean images with good contrast. Some of the dubbing sounds a bit false,
but thatís not the fault of the DVD. Sound is clean and image is sharp
enough to satisfy photography lovers. Not to be missed!
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