35mm. Of the same duo, the previous "The Little Fugitive" was an unusual journey through the topography of a city and the imaginary of realistic cinema. This one, though with the same magnificent Engel's cinematography and some frames that require a good deal of imagination, let it fall into the drab history of domestic and domesticated desires, figuring it literally without extrapolation, with an unbearable music.
In American times before Nixon, before the counterculture movement, before the Kennedy assassination, Lovers and Lollipops is a cinematic mirror of an almost laughably innocent version of 1950's New York City and courtship in times when step parents were more uncommon.
I loved this movie for its glimpse into the 1950s and for reminding me how gentle and genteel both sexes used to be. And a good reminder to never date women with kids (or dogs!) :-) As for the child, yeah, like others said, she was such an annoying brat, I wanted to smack her so many times, she was very well played by Cathy Dunn.
One of the most annoying kid characters and kid actors in all of film. Heh. Yeah, I wanted to lose that child on a subway about halfway through this picture. The plot is dull and very unsurprising. The truly terrible part of this film is the music. It is utterly horrible. Worst music scoring I've heard in a long, long time. I appreciate this film's importance to independent cinema, but is is not a good movie.
I especially loved the passing moments of plain life and how low the camera often was. Could have been even more offhand and casual for me and still been rich and full, but here we are decades later, so it must have been even more eyeopening then. I wonder if Helen Levitt ever saw any Orkin and Engel films.
Je pensais être un génie en m'apprêtant à comparer la gamine à la Sophie de la Comtesse de Ségur mais je ne suis pas le premier. Déception. Sinon il est direct dans la liste des films les plus gnonmis ever. C'est peut-être pas hyper profond (même si en filigrane le film aborde plusieurs sujets sensibles) mais who cares ? C'est adorable, et très joliment filmé.
La chasteté et la banalité des rapports entre les personnages, empêchent le film d'avancer. Des angles très "nouvelle vague", des comédiens gracieux et légers Ce qui rendait "le petit fugitif" génial c'était le petit garçon, c'était l'engagement de son corps jusqu'au bout, chavirant et fragile. Ici, New-York, planche de photos N&B très belles, pourtant une impression de futilité ou d'inutilité...