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The title of this film, A Varázsló, "The wizzard". The film itself is a confusing tale dated 1969, involving an eclectic mixture of robots, horses in high rise appartments, and android doubles of the main character. In between all of this are scences at school. The boys wear blue smocks. I am unsure how common this was in Hungarian scgools. The many boys involved in the film provide glimpses of Hungarian boys clothes in 1969. Hopefully a Hungarian reader will help us with the plot.
The Steven Spielberg film "AI: Artificial Intellegence" was
released in 2001 starring Haley Osment and Jake Thomas. A good film
that was very underrated. Haley wore the clothes of a kid of 2000, which is interesting--Slacks (khakis) T-Shirts, and a baggy long swim suit.
Bud and Lou run a barbershop. Butch Jenkins had an unbilled cameo appearance.
About a Boy is based on a book by Nick Hornby. It stars Hugh Grant who always seems to play the same character. Will (Grant) is on his own and totally irrespinsible. He has no interest in emotional attachments and stays at home all day long and watches TV. He has a few casual dates. He doesn't even have a job. He invents an imaginary son and decides to attend single parent meetings. He meets Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) a 12-year-old who is a little odd and is having difficulty in his school. They become friends. Will teaches Marcus how he can be a cool kid, which helps him at school. Marcus helps Will to grow up a bit. Marcus wears a school unifom with a maroon blazer and tie. This movie is a worthwile pick. There were some funny parts and wa gererally well acted--even touching at points. Nicholas is especially accomplished in his part.
The main characters of "Above Suspicion" are Joan Crawford and Fred McMurray. This World war II film is compleletly unrealistic, but I supose made reasonable viewing during the War. The basic premise is absurd. The idea that two Americans could outwit the Getsapo like that is rediculous. Or that a person onece arrested could be freed. Americans had also not yet learned about the SS. The commandant at Dachua is seen in a Wehrmacht uniform. There is a svene with Hitler Youth boys. One has his bike stolen and his friends give chase. There reaction to the Joan Crawford character being arrested is also absurd.
The poor boy from Illinois rises to save the union. I haven't seen this, but thought Abe may be depicted as a boy at the beginning of the film. Unfortunately there is no depiction of Abraham as a boy. Certainly at least a brief scene is in order when his new stepmother Nancy Habks arrives and finds Abe and his sister virtually starving in the cabin. Nor are Willie and Tad depicted in the White House, another serious omission. There are a couple of children depicted. Abe's 12 year old brother appears in one scene. He arrives. He looks at baby Abe. Then he walks over to dad and talks to mum who is a little weak after giving birth.
The pictures are not very clear but clothes are interesting. A cap which is hard to make out, and long trousers. I also think he is wearing boots. I don't think there is any way of knowing how Abe's brother was dressed at the time. The clothing depicted are simply imaginative. They don't seem to me very accurate for the time and place. A reader writes, "Abe's parents were poor people who lived in a small log cabin. Recall seeing a quick glimce of said cabin on one of my journeys to Springfield."
The professor stumbles across a way to make his Model T Ford fly. Tommy Kirk. Disney
A father is affected by the death of his son. The boy appears at the beginning of the film wearing long pants.
A counselor for a summer camp of severely handicapped children develops an unusual and strong relationship with his charges. Dolph Sweet.
Two orphaned children set out alone across the Rocky mountains. George Flower, Mark Edward Hall.
A boy about 12 or 13 has a prominent role. The movie is set in Australia and Ulster. The boy has a sparkling personality and plays his part very well. He wears school boy shorts (Australian type blue shorts) with short socks and leather shoes. He also appears in leisure shorts and tank-type swim trunks.
Adam and his wife decided that a governess is needed to help with their four unruly sons. They select a French governess to look after the boys. The mistress stays after the tragic death of the mother to help the widower with his children. The film looks to be set about the turn of the 20th century. The governess was a young Ingrid Bergman. This was one of her first American films. She supervises four rather undisciplined boys and gradually takes on a maternal role, becoming the mainstay of the family. They begin to look on her more as their mother. She helps shape their character as the boys grow up. The family goes through many crisis, including a stock market crash, World War I, and an affair the wife (Susan Haward) of one of the boys has. The governess of course gradually falls in love with her wealthy. The father is played by Warner Baxter. The boys wear kneepants and long stockings. The youngest boy wears a sailor suit.
This film is about a girl's coming of age during a rural summer before World War II.
At least I think this is the title. I'm not sure about the costuming.
A minister's daughter (Shirley Temple) has modern views for the 1900 period and keeps her father in hot water.
This Columbia production builds a comedy around the Congressional page program, in this case the Senate pages. The program is a wonderful experience for the boys, at the time girls were not allowed to participate. It would have been considered highly inappropriate at the time for girls to be exposed to rough Congressional ways. (Congress in 1941 was still at the time almost a strictly all-male institution.) Of course Hollywood always looks on real life as too dull, so they concocted an absurd tale that a big-city political boss inflicts a young hoodlum on the state's senator. Of course the boys chosen are almost all students serious about their studies and from affluebt families. The film depicts hazing ceremonies and boyish pranks. Marty Driscoll, the young hoodlum, has no time for the other pages and poor Senator Coleridge and almost causes a scandal until in true Hollywood fashion he comes to see the error of his ways. The boys are younger teenagers which was common at the time. The program now has older boys and girls. I'm sure the older youths get more out of the program and apparently aremore able to deal with the situation.
Dreadful made for TV movie, but there is one scene at the beginning when the main characters were boys in the same European boarding school. They all wear short pants suits and knee socks. The original showing was quite long. I saw a rerun which had the scenes at the beginning cut out.
Steven Speilberg comedy about an attractive high school senior who thinks she has a glitch free night of baby sitting in front of her. Problems begin when she has to grab the kids, now three when they are joined by a friend, and rescue one of her friends. Then the trouble begins. The boys (Keith Coogan and Anthony Rapp) are teenagers and thus the fashions depicted are older boys clothes.
Three children join forces with a group of friendly dinosaurs to save a city from disaster after they are magically swept into a TV fantasy land.
One of Errol Flynn's most popular swashbucklers, "The Adventures of Don Juan" (1948) has
costuming that is unusually sumptuous and was rewarded at the time by a special award. The director was Vincent Sherman and the stirring musical score was composed by Max Steiner. Errol Flynn plays Don Juan and Alan Hale his sidekick called Leperello. The film is another Hollywood historical travesty. The plot greatly distorts the legend of the Spanish nobleman, Don Juan, who was a notorious seducer of women and who, according to Mozart's famous opera, Don Giovanni, ended up in the flames of hell.
Features a teenage Anthony Newley.
A Russian reader has mentioned the Soviet film The Adventures of Elektronik to us. We know virtually nothing about the movie. It was made at Odesskaya Kinostudiya, Odessa, USSR, 1979. A reader tells us that it was an extremely popular movie. Apparently much of it is set at a school. Hopefully our Russian readers will tell us more about th film. The children wear school uniforms. Our Russian reader tells us that for two decades (1970s-80s) that the Soviet school uniform was virtually unchanged. So it was available in any shop selling goods for children. But in very warm days the official uniform was optional.
No frills Disney version of the Twain classic. Huck is played by Elijah Wood.
Mickey Rooney plays Huck. He was about 19, but other boys are involved. In one scene he puts on a dress to disguise himself, but is questioned by a woman. Basically a flavorless adaptation of the Mark Twain novel.
This classic Mark Twain novel about a boy running away from home on the Mississippi River. The book is set before the Warm but was written after it and the earlier lighter Ton Sawyer novel. Twain addressed the issues of slavery, friendship, and loyalty. This version stars Eddie Hodges, who performs very well. He wears a straw hat,long pants. and sometimes goes barefoot. This all seems appropriate for the ante-bellum period, but his pants have a ather modern cut to them. In one scene he wears a dress as a disguise in one scene. It is a long dress and he wears jeans underneath. He attempt to talk and act like a girl. He grimaces to reflect how distasteful he finds the whole thing. Eddie had a really infectious personality. I think this is one of the better renditions of the Twain novel, but HBC wishes they wouldn't rewrite the book. This is one of the most important American novel and doesn't need modern producers to tinker with it.
Version with Kurt Ida and Don Monahan.
Version with Patrick Day and Sam-Art Williams.
An imaginative young boy's world is gradually changed in 1943 by the arrival of children evacuated from Liverpool and the introduction of American bubble gum. I think Johnny is played by Richard Love.
Mark Twain and his characters take a tour of the Galaxy. Chris Ritchie
Includes the aging Dickie Moore, now 17.
An adopted Indian boy spends an eerie night at a ghost town with his ranger friend. Lassie, Jed Allan
The movie “Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin: Usual and Incredible” (“Priklucheniya Petrova I Vasechkina, obyknovennye I neeroyatnye”) was made in 1982. This is another film about 4th graders. Children play, sing, write love notes to girls, make a school preformance (in French) on the “Little Riding Red Hood”, have a rest on the sea shore and so on. Here there is no heavy-handed ideology. The children are realistically depicted. They wear Pioneer Scarfes, but this is just a uniform item, nothing more. Just a children comedy about school life, without Communism, Party and other such things. I am sure, you will notice the difference between movies during the Stalinist years (1930s-50s) and later movies. Just look at faces. Since the late- 60s most of educated people, writers (for example – Vladislav Krapivin, Anatoly Alexin, Edward Uspensky), actors and other progressive people of USSR began to openly criticize the Young Pioneer Organization for its formalizm, old-fashioned military style, stupid “marching in rows” and so on.
The "Home Improvement" boy, Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays the title role. He drops his irksome TV persona and delivers a reasonable performance. He wears a knicker-type costume rather than shorts which is how Pinocchio is usually depicted.
A Russian reader has provided us an image of the Soviet-era film, "Advetures of a small daddy". A narrator (a small girl) tells about adventures of her daddy when he was a small boy. The boy (the narrator girl calls him "Daddy" through a whole movie, his name isn't mentioned) was teased by other boys for he played in a yard with a girl. A biggest of bullies threatened to throw "Daddy"'s new ball (a gift from his parents) under a bus. But then "Daddy" wishing to prove that he is not sissy, "cool" and absolutely not frightened throws his ball under a bus himself. Most of the boys in the film seem to be wearing short-sleeve shits and long pants even though the wearher seems warm. One boy wears short pants and what look to be tights. A reader writes, "Notice that the boy at the extreme right in this photo wears grey long stockings or perhaps tights. Tights were common in Russia but long stockings persisted well into the 1970s for reasons of economy and flexibility (the ability to wear them down or up depending on the weather)." Another factor here was probably it took Russian manufacturers a whole to shift from long stockings to tights. Russian state-owned ibndustry did not adjust as rapidly to consumer demand as in the West. The question of consumer demand is an interesting one. We are not sure to what extent conservative consumers continued to want long stockings.
Tommy Kelly stars in this version. It features some classroom scences giving a depiction of what boys wore in the a mid-19th century American classsroom. One of the best of the film versions of the Twain stories.
A construction worker and his family move from the city to the Rockies. There is a boy and an older sister. There are lots of scenes with children and animals. Robert F. Logan.
Aferim! is a 2015 Romanian movie directed by Radu Jude. It is set in Wallachia one of the core historic Romanian provinces during the early 19th century. A local policeman is hired by Iordachea, a boyar (nobelman), to find a Gypsy slave who has run away. The movie opens with two men on horseback crossing a barren landscape in Wallachia. They are the local gendarme Costandin and his son. They are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away. They look through many gypsey camps searching foir him. Gypseys at the time were legally slaves. The runaway Gypsey slave is also suspected of having an affair with the nobleman's wife. The outgoing Costandin comments on their experiences. His son has a more contemplative outlook. The two on thrir search encounter people of different ethnicities and beliefs, including Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. The film deftly details hoe each has prejudices and animositiues against each other. There is a raid on a Gypsy camp. Another scene shows a Gypsey boy being sold in a village market. The film won several awards.
George "Foghorn" Winslow" appears in a bit part as one of a group of orphans singing with the female lead.
A 12-year old with failing eyesight launches his own probe into the gruesome deaths of several local blind people.
Devastated by the Depression and his wife's death, an itinerate carpenter tries to rebuild his life and regain custody of his four sons. Despite the period setting the four boys appear in long pants. I didn't watch the entire movie, but in the scenes I saw they wore longs--except in their first foster home where the two inexplicably wore below the knee shorts. They were four boys and and given the period setting the boys probably should have worn knickers. When the show was rerun I watched the entire show, I wasn't prepared for what I saw. The beginning is quite mild, but the plot unwinds and it is really devastating. Don't watch this show unless you are prepared for a powerful treatment of state institutions a few years ago. After his wife dies the children are taken from the father and wind up in various institutions for the mentally ill and retarded where they are beaten, brutalized, and chained. One boy is maimed and another is sterilized before the father manages to get them back several years later. At one institution the lady who runs it brandishes a studded wooden padded when the boys don't eat their meal the first day. I think it is based on an actual incident. The boys playing the children at various ages are quite effective actors.
A boy searches for his sister who has been kidnapped by Indians. Stewart Peterson.
Soviet film mskers produced a documentary film entitled "Age 7" It was shot in 1990 by by Sergei Miroshnichenko and Jemma Jupp. The famous Soviet-British journalist Seva Novgorodstev narrated the movie. The film was shot with the same conception of
the British "& Up" film, some times called the "Up Series" produced by Michael Apted.
The film makers follow a group of 7 year olds. There are a lot of school shots. One teacher let classroom singing with an acordian. The children seem to having a good time. Earlier schools scenes were more serious. We see a boy learing a flute in an after school program. Other children are learing bal;et. We see the children on the first day of school, a major event in the Soviet Union. We also see an Octoborist clebration. There are scenes at home as well as in an orphanage. The film is quite honest, something that was not often the case in Soviet films. The children complain that there is no bread or milk in the stores. We suspect that the fact that children are complaing made it a liitle more acceptable. It also reflects the opening of Soviet society in the final years of the Soviet Union. These scenes are contrasted with more affluent. Such differences was something else that Soviet film makers normally had to avoid,
I recall a British series of TV programmes in the 1980s called "Screen One". They were made for TV movies. One, "Age of Experience" was set in the early 1960s and follows three boys during one of their Saturday morning trainspotting
adventures. Two of the boys are about 13-years-old, while the other is over 15. He wears jeans and a leather jacket and one of the two younger boys is seen wearing a beige wind-cheater jacket, grey Terylene/worsted shorts, grey knee-length socks, which have a single coloured turnover in maroon. The other boy wears a navy gabardine raincoat and school cap, short trousers and grey knee-length socks. Several boys are seen in the film wearing an assortment of clothing. One or two wear short trouser suits, while the others wear either
jeans or short trousers and sports jackets or jerkins.
Clarence Brown's classic Eugene O'Neill comedy, "Ah, Wilderness!" was made in 1935. The movie starred Lionel Barrymore and the young Mickey Rooney, who was 14 at the time and a bit too old for his juvenile role. The film is a nostalgic look backward at small-town American life in 1906. The focus is on the Miller family--a middle class family with children who are making the painful transition from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. This is his only comedy and somewhat uncharacteristic since most his famous plays such as "Long Day's Joruney into Night" are so relentlessly dark and tragic. Mickey Rooney wears short pants with long stockings. Set in 1906. Rooney was about 15 at the time, I wonder if it bothered him playing a much younger boy and wearing juvenile clothes. Poignant film about a boy (not Rooney who plays the main character's brother) breaking through the shackles of adolescence.
A leibchen was depicted in a recent German movie set in Berlin during World War II titled Aimée & Jaguar (1998). The film depicts an affair between a married German housewife whose husband is a soldier fighting at the front and a Jewish secretary (her ethnic identity is of course concealed) who works for a NAZI newspaper. The Jewish secretary is secretly engaged in anti-NAZI undercover work and therefore puts herself in great danger. The story is based on a real-life situation and actual historical persons and is extremely interesting. The costuming is very accurate historically.
If I remember right, two boys appear briefly, both in longs. One is David Holland, who appeared on a variety of TV shows. The boys wear contemporary styles.
Lukas Haas plays 14-year old Alan Silverman effectively as an awkward adolescent. He is growing up and gives a sensitive performance. In the clips I've seen he wears longs. The film is set in Brooklyn during 1944. Alan's formidable mother volunteers him as a companion for a catatonic French Jewish refugee whose family recently moved in upstairs. He objects, but is eventually persuaded by his father. The developing friendship between Alan and the girl is complicated by Alan's girl detesting best friend. Lucas Hass wore both jeans and shorts with high top tennis shoes. Looked pretty authentic.
Olive Stone's "Alexander" was not well received by the critics. In this film he attempted for more historical accuracy than in his other films. Some suggest that some of the more titilating aspects seem rather aimed at the box office than any conversion to truthfully portraying historical evenys. Alexander at the beginning of the film was pictured as a boy. As I have not seen the film, I'm unsure as to the historical accuracy of the costuming. Hopefully some HBC readers will have comments about the film.
Totally uninteresting version. Alexander is pictured as an infant and then skips to the adult Richard Burton.
I'm not sure is this version is any good. Sometimes movies about Alexander picture him as a boy which could provide some information about Greek clothing.
Excellent movie about a divorced woman leaves town with her 12 year old son, Tommy (Alfred Lutter). Lutter plays his part very realistically. He does much better than the boy who later appeared on the TV series "Alice". I found him bratty, but rather endearing and certainly gave one the feeling of a very real boy. The boy wears long pants and it is a movie about plausible people. Tommy even makes his first girl friend played by Jody Foster who is a bit "mature" for him. Later turned into the TV series Alice. Billy Jacoby
Jackie Searl plays the Doremouse.
Alice's wears a white pinafore and Mary Jane black patents.
Outlaws search the outback for a woman with a valuable necklace. If this is the movie I am thinking about, a family they terrorize has a blond boy who wears short pants.
An elderly prospector and two children are engulfed in a strange beam of life which recedes into a space ship.
An orphan befriends a group of race-fixing dogs in 1939 New Orleans.
Addresses the bussing issues through the lives of a black and white family. The sons in the two families are best friends.
An actress returns to her husband and three children after 10 years and struggles to prove that she really loves them.
This film is a real tear jerker of a film. It is the saga of a brave Wisconsin pioneer family. Involves several brothers and a sister. The boys wear knickers and are often bundled up in heavy winter coats. It is set in the 1850s, but as it occurs in a farm community. The boys wear non-discript work clothes. In one the older brother who is about 12 teases his younger brother for being cute. In one scene, one of the brothers has to go to his new home, a family with about four mostly teenage girls--all smiling at their new little brother. Two of the boys are Jessie Bradford and Max Pomforice.
This is a very moving film about a Jewish Czech familiy. The Czechs were the first foreign Jews to fall into NAZI hands after the Munich Conference when Britain and France abandoned Czechoslovakia. The Silbersteins, who give up their young boy David to a Kindertransport scheme in order to save him from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II. The story was inspired by the heroics of
Nicholas Winton, an English stockbroker who saved hundreds of Czech Jewish
children from the NAZIs. The Silbersteins are a large and close knit extended
family living a good life in the Czechoslovakian countryside. Believing in
the decency of mankind, they don't pay much heed to the the developing NAZI threat at first. But, little by little, as their daily life becomes more and more
intolerable and their personal effects are stipped away, they realize the true
horror of what is coming, but their recognition comes too late.
This World War I novel is one of the most important in the inter-War period. It is an expression of the strongly-felt anti-war felling throughout Europe. Inronically it is a German novel, the country that would lead Europe into an even more destrutive war. This film is thus an important classic production. It begins inn a German classroom. The teacher and boys are caught up in patriotic feaver with the declaration of war. The boys are quite old and mostly in longs, but a few wear knickers and one boy wears very long shorts. I wonder how they decided to have one boy in shorts. The movie was based on the great anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque. It was the most important novel to emerge from World War I. His real surname was Kramer (Remark in reverse). Of course the anti-war theme of the novel did not at all suit what Hitler and the NAZIs had in mind for Germany. Thus Remarque's books, All Quiet on the Western Front and others were after the NAZIs seized power put on the list of books that were burned in public ceremonies, often carried out by Hitker Youth boys and university students.
The film is about two Texas cowboys who go south to Mexico looking for work. They quickly find themselves in trouble with the law after one falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter. It is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. The cast includes Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz, and Henry Thomas .
Stars Robby Benson. The story is a little on the gruesome side, a family of children kidnap men looking for a father. If the father doesn't do, he is disposed of.
A loving family in Knoxsville, Tennessee has to deal with the death of the husband
and father. The death of the family head in a small Tennessee town during 1915 affects Rufus, his small son. Rufus has to grow up quickly. The boy wears a knicker suit with a sissy hat. Older boys tease him about his name and he runs home crying. It was well done, but not as good as the PBS 2002 production, in part because the family relationships were not as well drawn before the accident. For some reason the film was named All the Way Home, presumably the marketing department thought that "death: in the title would turn away movie goers. The boy in the film, Rufus, gets teased by the older boys. I don't recall the reason. The boy's poignant perception of his father's death in an accident is traced from innocent bewilderment to final acceptance. Michael Kearney. In the 2002 PBS production under the proper title, the issue was his sailor cap. Adapted from Tad Mosel's prize winning play which in turn was based on James Agee's A Death in the Family.
An affair between a French Duke and a new governess leads to scandal, murder, and suicide. I don't know if any children are featured, but presumably one has to be involved at some point to explain the governess.
A family of four orphans decide to go it alone.
A boy searches over the entire city to find his living parent and joins a group of street children.
Mark Lester has a small part. Also called "The Counterfeit Constable"
HBC does no know much about about the plot line of Les allumettes suedoises made in 1995 by a French consortium. The period depicted seems about late 30s and as there was no sign of war time props and only one old car to be seen. The film is around the life of the boy and his mates so there is plenty of costume detail to be seen. The color tint in the film is odd and dull looking I think to enhance the period feel.
A folktale epic from Curaçao focusing on the adventures of Salem, a village priestess, and her son who find themselves swept away on a voyage of mythological proportions.
Toni, an eager younger singer beginning an apprenticeship with the Vienna Boys' Choir, must deal with an older bully and a disapproving father. He forms a mischievous friendship with another boy. Shows some shots of the boys performing in girls' clothes. They are shown trying on dresses and petticoats. One boy is shown trying on fully ruffled white pantalettes. They are shown later backstage in their dresses, both with and without their wigs. Peter Weck, Hans Holt
Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical film portrayed 1980s clothes in the United States quite well. The film covers his experiences covering a rock band for Rolling Stone magazine. Michael Angarano portrayed him as a pre-teen. He wore the shorter shorts common to that time with the over-the-calf tube socks. I don't think Michael liked wearing his tube socks pulled up, because in publicity photos, he always had them pushed down.
Story of the abandoned children on the streets of Naples. Peppino is a little ragged waif who sells lottery tickets in the streets for his foster mother. He is not yet hardened like the older street boys.
An idealist young peasant boy (Alan Esquivel) jumps out of a tree in the hopes of flying, but is injured and becomes a hunchback. He learns to stand tall when he joins the guerilla forces. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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