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Lovers and Lollipops
Directed by Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin • 1956 • United States
Starring Lori March, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Cathy Dunn
Directors Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin followed up their independent landmark LITTLE FUGITIVE with an equally charming slice-of-life fable that, like its predecessor, captures 1950s New York City through the eyes of a child. Bursting with the same stylistic spontaneity that made LITTLE FUGITIVE a favorite of the French New Wave upstarts, LOVERS AND LOLLIPOPS tells the story of a headstrong young girl (Cathy Dunn) who, when she feels threatened by her single mother’s relationship with a new boyfriend, begins—both intentionally and unintentionally—to thwart the budding romance. Shot on handheld cameras all across the city—from Central Park to the Museum of Modern Art to Macy’s toy department—this freewheeling time capsule is a lyrical ode to the resilience of love and the enchantment of youth.