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Little Fugitive by Morris Engel (1953, 85 min.). With six bucks in his pocket and all of Coney Island as his playground, 7-year-old Richie makes the most of his afternoon: riding the merry-go-round, eating hot dogs, and visiting the batting cages. With a concealed 35mm camera Engel captured a perfect time capsule of Coney Island in the waning years of its heyday. Because of its naturalistic style and use of nonprofessional actors in lead roles, Little Fugitive is considered a landmark American film. In 1997, the Library of Congress deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” 

 

An Artists Public Domain/Cinema Conservancy Release.  Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Film Foundation and The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Fund.