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The Films of Morris Engel (1953-1955)

Cast: Ricky Brewster, Ricky Brewster, Tommy de Canio, more...
Director: Ray Ashley, Ruth Orkin, Morris Engel, more...
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Independent, Short Films
Languages: English
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Synopses
The Films of Morris Engel: Little Fugitive (1953)
A lyrical serio-comedy from the writing/directing team of Ray Ashley, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin, The Little Fugitive stars young Richie Andrusco as Joey Norton, a seven-year-old Brooklynite left in the care of his 12-year-old brother Lennie (Ricky Brewster). Finding the boy to be a constant annoyance, Lennie and his friends devise a plan to make Joey mistakenly believe that he has killed his brother; the prank is successful, and a frightened Joey flees for the fantasy-world refuge of Coney Island. A lost classic waiting to be rediscovered, The Little Fugitive was highly acclaimed upon its initial release, scoring an Oscar nomination for "Best Screenplay" as well as sharing a Silver Lion award at the 1953 Venice Film Festival alongside such legendary fare as Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari. Shot on an extremely low budget, the film's innovative use of hand-held cameras and staccato editing techniques establish a rough-and-tumble, documentary-like edge perfectly attuned to its incisive, realistic treatment of childhood wonderment and fear. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide

The Films of Morris Engel: Lovers and Lollipops/Weddings and Babies (1955)
LOVERS AND LOLLIPOPS
Jealous and frightened that her mother has begun spending time with a new boyfriend, a seven-year-old girl does all she can to disrupt the budding romance in this nostalgia-tinged independent film. The mother's new beau tries his best to win the girl over, while the mother is torn between pleasing her daughter at all costs and struggling to live her own life as well. An ultimately satisfying relationship dramedy highlighted by on-location footage of such New York landmarks as the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Bronx Zoo.

WEDDINGS AND BABIES
In this independent drama shot on location in New York City, a 30-year-old woman, frustrated by her photographer boyfriend's reluctance to propose marriage, finally decides to give up on the relationship. Frightened at the prospect of losing the woman he loves, the put-upon bachelor relents and offers her an engagement ring, only to have a string of mishaps cause him to question everything in his life.

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