"Our New Wave would never have happened if the young American Morris Engel had not shown us the way […]." Francois Truffaut
During the 1950s, Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin revolutionized cinema by directing and producing films outside of Hollywood studios. With Le Petit Fugitive , Lovers and Lollipops and Weddings and Babies , they conceive freedom-loving works, filming the daily reality of their contemporaries as closely as possible. Proposed for the first time in Box 3 Blu-ray in restored 2K version, this trilogy is now completed by Morris Engel's new feature film, I Need A Ride to California , a splendid testimony to the New York hippie of 1968, available as a world exclusive in its 4K restoration!
Box 3 Blu-ray OUTSIDE MORRIS ENGEL AND RUTH ORKIN COMPLETE WORKS
THE LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953 – B&W – 81 mn – HD)
Brooklyn, 1950s. Lennie's mother entrusts her with the care of her little brother Joey because she has to go to the bedside of the sick grandmother. Lennie had planned to spend the weekend with his friends. Irritated at having to take his little brother everywhere with him, he decides to play a trick on him by simulating a rifle accident...
LOVERS AND LOLLIPOPS (1955 – B&W – 82 mins – 2K)
Ann, a young widow, lives in New York with her seven-year-old daughter, Peggy. While she is bored during the holidays, her mother starts dating Larry, a longtime friend who has returned from a stay in South America. Seeing the relationship develop between the two adults, the little girl hesitates between distrust and curiosity for this new father...
WEDDINGS AND BABIES (1958 – B&W – 78 mins – 2K) In the Little Italy district of New York, Al and Bea run the Weddings and Babies photography store, specializing in weddings and births. The young woman, of Swedish origin, aspires to get married and start a family while Al, more concerned about his professional desires, does not seem ready to take the plunge...
I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA (1968 – Colors – 80 mins – 4K) // UNRELEASED Late 1960s, Greenwich Village. Lilly is a young Californian who came to New York to experience the full force of the hippie revolution. She explores the streets of the metropolis, camera in hand, a wreath in her hair. But Lilly will quickly realize that the city and the people she meets are not as benevolent as she imagined...
ABOUT THE ''LITTLE FUGITIVE''
. INTRODUCTION BY ALAIN BERGALA: THE MISSING LINK (11 mins) Alain Bergala, film critic, academic, essayist and director, explains why Le Petit Fugitive is a knot of modernity, a real direct link between neorealism and the New Wave.
. VINTAGE TRAILER. TRAILER 2009
SHORT FILMS AND ADVERTISEMENTS DIRECTED BY MORRIS ENGEL
. THE FARM THEY WON (1951 – B&W – 10 mins – HD) The daily life of a family of pioneers of the last hour, the Powers couple and their three children, who will be able to acquire their land in southern Idaho thanks to the Homestead Act...
. ONE CHASE MANHATTAN PLAZA (1961 – B&W – 10 mins – HD) Created like an urban symphony, One Chase Manhattan Plaza is a tribute to the architectural prowess of this New York skyscraper, but also to the people who bring it to life on a daily basis...
. THE DOG LOVER (1962 – B&W – 24 mins – HD) Little Susie is bored and dreams of having a dog. But his father refuses, because he knows he will have to take care of it after his hard day's work. Until the day Susie brings home a lost dog...
. PEACE IS (1968 – Colors – 11 mins – HD) As the end of year celebrations approach, a girl and a boy belonging to the hippie movement wander in the streets of New York where an ephemeral joie de vivre reigns. What if the Christmas truce could last all year?
. 3 ADVERTISEMENTS: OREO / IVORY / FAB (HD) Three advertisements filmed in the early 1960s by Morris Engel, including one for Oreo cookies which was awarded at the American TV Commercial Awards in 1962.
DOCUMENTARIES AND ARCHIVES
. MORRIS ENGEL: THE INDEPENDENT a documentary by Mary Engel (2008 – 29 mn) Mary Engel, daughter of Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin, pays homage to her father and his work thanks to numerous period and contemporary testimonies, illustrated from the archives.
. RUTH ORKIN: IMAGES OF LIFE a documentary by Mary Engel (1995 – 18 mn) Mary Engel talks about the career of Ruth Orkin, her mother, a key figure in post-war American photography and author of the famous photo American Girl in Italy.
. STILL LIFE a television interview with Ruth Orkin (4 mins – HD) Interviewed for the New York show Still Life, photographer Ruth Orkin talks about her job and comments on some of her shots.
. HOME MOVIES directed by Morris Engel (11 mins – HD)
3 BD • HIGH DEFINITION MASTERS • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING Original Version / French Version* DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 • French Subtitles Formats 1.33, 1.85 & 1.66 respected • Black & White and Colors Total Film Length: 321 mins *only available on The Little Fugitive