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SPECIAL FRIENDSHIPS: OTHER TITLES OF INTEREST

 

This is the thirty-seventh chapter of Special Friendships, Steven Freeman's unpublished book about the depiction of close friendships between men and boys in film, which is introduced here.

 

Other titles of interest

Steven Adrian Freeman at home

No published work could aspire to be a definitive survey of titles relevant to this theme — many obscure and small studio films will always be overlooked, to say nothing of non-English speaking cinema, only a tiny percentage of which is ever given wider distribution. Here are some further titles omitted from this survey, whether for lack of space or because I had no opportunity to view them. There will be many thousands of others. Some titles have been suggested to me by film buffs sympathetic to this project, and I would like to make particular mention of Joe Power, whose knowledge and insight proved valuable in writing this study. To all who made suggestions for additional titles, my thanks.

 

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies
Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of Mine
Archangel
Baker’s Hawk
Ballad in Blue
Before the Rain
The Big Fella
Black Jack
The Blind Boy
Bombi Bitt och Jag!
The Boy Who Caught a Crook
Brady’s Escape
A Bronx Tale
Chico and the Man
La Classe de Neige
Clay Farmers
The Clown and the Kid
Il Conformista
Le Crépuscule des Loups
Daniel of the Towers
Deep Waters
Dimenticare Venetia
Disney’s the Kid
Dolina Miru
Dos y Dos, Cinco
Elvis Elvis   
The Enchanted Forest
L’Enfant et le Président
The Fallen Idol
Fast Companions
Ferienkind
Frangsuz
The Gift of Love
Great Day in the Morning
Horace
If We Had Our Way
Le Jouet
Kan Du Vissla Johanna?
Last Stand
Lazy Lightning
Lent
Lio en el Labaratorio
Meet Me at the Fair
The Mighty McGurk
The Montana Kid
My Friend the King
My Pal the King
The Old Man and the Sea
Once Upon a Time
One Little Indian
An Orphan Boy of Vienna
The Optimists of Nine Elms
Paw
Phatikchand
The Pied Piper
Que la Bête Meure
Un Ragazzo di Calabria
Rasmus and the Vagabond          
Robinson Crusoe and the Tiger
A Room for Romeo Brass
Searching For Bobby Fischer
Stablemates
Tension at Table Rock
They Still Call Me Bruce
The Tin Soldier
The Toy
Tschetan der Indianerjunge
Valahol Európában
Le Visiteur

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Russia
US
UK
Macedonia/UK/Fr
UK
UK
UK
Sweden
US
US/Hungary
US
US tv
France
UK tv
US
Italy
France
US
US
Italy/Fr
US
Yugoslavia
Spain
Sweden
US
Fr
UK
US
Austria
USSR
US tv
US
UK tv
UK
Fr
Sweden
US
US
UK tv
Spain
US
US
US
UK
US
US
US
US
Ger
UK
Den/Neth
India
US
Fr/Italy
Italy/Fr
Sweden
Mexico
UK
US
US
US
US
US
US
WGerm
Hungary
Fr

1973
1981
1990
1976
1964
1994
1937
1979
1917
1968
1961
1984
1993
1974+
1998
1988
1962
1969
1989
1984
1948
1979
2000
1956
1980
1977
1945
1988
1948
1932
1943
1988
1993
1955
1972
1946
1976
1994
2002
1926
1984
1967
1953
1946
1931
1931
1932
1958
1944
1973
1937
1974
1959
1983
1942
1969
1987
1981
1969
2000
1993
1938
1956
1987
1995
1982
1972
1947
1946

 

For further reading, I can recommend nothing better than John Holmstrom’s splendid book “The Moving Picture Boy” (Michael Russell, 96), a witty, thoroughly researched, impeccable survey of the contribution boys have made in cinema history. The definitive work in its (rather sparse) field, and a thumping good read to boot. My principal source on early silent cinema has been Denis Gifford’s staggering “British Film Catalogue 1895-1985” (David & Charles, 86) which supplies cast and a brief synopsis for every single film produced in the UK during those years. Andrew Birkin’s “The Lost Boys” is available on BBC DVD.

 

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Comments

The best comments will be collected at Letters To The Editor (some editing may be involved)

Anonymous 89, 18 February 2022

Can you get us The Moving Picture Boy as a PDF?

 

Editor, 18 February 2022

I'm afraid not. Hopefully, one day ...

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Anonymous 93,  11 April 2022

Very sorry to hear of the author's death -- would have liked to suggest to him and read his opinions on some further titles, such as Monsieur Papa (France, 2011), André Valente (Portugal, 2004), Bertrand disparu (France, 1986), Rue des Cascades/Un Gosse de la butte (France, 1964) and Katok i skripka (Russia, 1961).

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