Fans of the 1953 indie classic “Little Fugitive” are in for treat next month when Gotham’s Film Forum hosts a 60th anniversary screening of the Morris Engel pic that will be introduced by its star, Richie Andrusco.
“Little Fugitive” captures the journey of a rambunctuous 7-year-old boy from Brooklyn who spends a day and night in Coney Island, fueled by $6 and the belief that he is on the run from the law after an accident at home while his mother is away. The narrative pic’s earthy docu-style, anchored by a once-in-a-lifetime perf by the tyro Andrusco as Joey, was hailed by Francois Truffaut and others as a seminal influence on the French New Wave.
Andrusco will be on hand for the Feb. 1 preem of a new 35mm print of “Little Fugitive,” along with Mary Engel, daughter of the helmer and his wife and frequent collaborator, Ruth Orkin.
“Little Fugitive” will screen through Feb. 7 along with the D.A. Pennebaker short “Daybreak Express.”