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Les Sentiers de la violence
(The Learning Tree)

by Gordon PARKS

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In 1969, the photographer Gordon Parks made his debut feature in Hollywood. The Learning Tree, based on his own novel about an African-American teenager in Kansas in the 1920s, is a magnificent elegiac film that draws on parallel editing to recount the destiny of two boys: one, soft-hearted, who tries to advance in life by relying on trust; the other, rebellious, who only knows mistrust, vents his anger and does time in prison. The wide screen, the iridescent colours, the relationship between sharp focus and out-of-focus are all sings that a great photographer is behind the camera. But more than that, it is the novelistic dimension of this fresco that is impressive and which creates a great film on the history of an America where a Black, whatever his age, was always called « boy ». Stéphane Delorme

  • Titre français
    Les Sentiers de la violence
  • Original title
    The Learning Tree
  • Titre international
    The Learning Tree
  • Scénario
    Gordon Parks
  • Photo
    Burnett Guffey
  • Montage
    Georges R. Rohrs
  • Interprétation
    Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans
  • Distribution
    Warner
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
    VOSTF
  • Ratio
    2:35 (scope)

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