When the seven-year-old Joey is cruelly tricked into believing he killed his older brother, he flees to New York’s nether wonderland: Coney Island. Upon and beneath the crowded boardwalk, Joey experiences a day and night filled with adventures and mysteries.
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1950's American arthouse classic, starring a little kid who escapes to Coney Island. File this alongside "ON THE BOWERY" (1956), minimalist fictional stories that are vehicles for showing life in the streets of New York City in the 50's. GREAT.
23 years later, the wonderful experience of "Menschen am Sonntag" is pursued by a triade of directors, a collective experience like the one before: how to lo(o)se fiction in a world of living? How to live fiction with a camera on the loose?
Francois Truffaut once credited Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin's American independent classic as one of the inspirations for the French New Wave. A charming story of a young boy's adventure on Coney Island after his brother pulls a cruel prank to get away from him, LITTLE FUGITIVE is an inventive and essential work of independent cinema.
The American answer to neo-realism? Influential arthouse classic from Engel/Ashley/Orkin that had great influence on the coming French 'nouveau vague'. Resulted in an original screenplay Oscar nod that year. Camera work by Engel quite novel adding to the naturalism of cast and setting. A touch dated.