A film by Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin. Strts December 21st at the fsk. In English with German subtitles.
Seven-year-old Joey lives in Brooklyn. When his mother goes to visit his sick grandmother, older brother Lennie is left to watch Joey. Babysitting ruins the 12-year-old’s plans for the day, so he enlists his friends to play a prank on Joey. They give him a (toy) gun to play with and when it goes off, Lennie plays dead. Thinking he’ll be arrested as a murderer, Joey takes off. With six dollars in his pocket, he heads for Coney Island, where he wanders the beach and goes on the rides … Using a 35mm camera strapped to his body, photographer Morris Engel documents the amusement park from the perspective of his young hero. As Joey rides the carousel, throws a baseball, eats cotton candy, and collects deposit bottles, the filmmakers use the opportunity to proffer up cinematic sketches of Americans at leisure – strolling, flirting, swimming, and sunbathing. As if captured with the wondering eyes of a seven-year-old, Little Fugitive casts an amused and anthropological eye over the people in the crowd in a masterpiece of black-and-white cinematography.
For the 2023 Retrospective, internationally renowned directors, actors, and screenwriters were asked to select their personal coming-of-age favourites.
I think Ruth Orkin’s own words and photographs provide an eloquent introduction to the wonderful film she made with Morris Engel and Raymond Abrashkin [aka Ray Ashley] back in 1953.
Wes Anderson on his selection: “Usually when people in Hollywood direct their first movie it’s because they’ve had experience in other parts of movie-making; scriptwriting, acting, cinematography, editing, assistant director or the theater. And when they sit in the director’s chair for the first time they have a whole experienced crew to back them up. We had only our inexperienced selves.
We couldn’t have made the movies if we hadn’t been photographers first”.
US 1953, 75 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin
Kamera: Morris Engel
Schnitt: Ruth Orkin, Lester Troob
mit: Richard Brewster, Winnifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee, Charley Moss, Tommy DeCanio, Richie Andrusco