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The Learning Tree
(The Learning Tree)

by Gordon PARKS


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
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
  • Sous-titrage
  • Ratio
    2:35 (scope)

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