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Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

1962 / 104min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: TONY RICHARDSON

CAST: TOM COURTENAY, MICHAEL REDGRAVE

With its use of on-location landscape shots of Nottingham, England, and a Borstal Youth detention center, as well as flashback and cinéma vérité close-ups, you really get the starkness of lower class English life. Much like as Ray’s film became for American cinema, Tony Richardson’s film has become a template for the British New Wave. The movie depicts a young petty thief who doesn’t have much of anything, really. He’s an angry, disgruntled young man who gets caught robbing a bakery. After he’s sent to a juvenile detention center, running becomes not only his way of transcending the hardships of his life, but also his way of ultimately defying them. - Steve Gunn

Screening as a part of Steve Gunn's Dream Double Feature