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This is the thirty-seventh chapter of Special Friendships, Steven Freeman's unpublished book about the depiction of close friendships between men and boys in film, which is introduced here.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