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dir. Ken Loach, UK, 1969, 35mm, 110 min.
Director Ken Loach received international acclaim for this enormously moving tale of a lonely working-class Yorkshire boy, who turns from a life of comic books and shoplifting when he finds a baby kestrel and decides to raise and train it.
Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Kes is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy Casper (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy tames and trains the falcon, whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing (Colin Welland) and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence.
dir. Rudy Burckhardt/Joseph Cornell, US, 1955, 16mm, 5 min.
“Rudy Burckhardt photographed this impression of New York’s Union Square under Joseph Cornell’s direction. This location held a particular fascination for Cornell who wanted to establish a foundation for artists and art therapy there. In the film he treats the park as an outdoor aviary.” –P. Adams Sitney
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