1970. Great Britain. Ken Loach. 111 min.
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1970. Great Britain. Directed by Ken Loach. Screenplay by Barry Hines, Loach, Tony Garnett, based on A Kestrel for a Knave by Hines. With David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Colin Welland. One of the most exquisitely heartbreaking and disturbing portraits of childhood ever filmed, about a lonely, rebellious boy in the Midlands—the birthplace of author Hines—who escapes the cold brutality and indifference of school and home by developing a deep affection for a kestrel he finds and trains. This is Loach at his best, bringing a sober realism to depicting the desperate, imprisoning isolation of a Yorkshire coal-mining village. Penelope Gilliat observed, “The telling is a rarity: shy, pithy. It must stem from improvisation.” Preserved by Criterion, supervised by Ken Loach and cinematographer Chris Menges. Courtesy MGM Studios. 111 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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