The Quiet One
Meyers' powerful, quasi-documentary film follows the rehabilitation of an emotionally disturbed African-American boy from Harlem.
The film's grainy style (shot on 16mm) and on-location New York shoot foreshadowed the independent cinema of Lionel Rogosin, Shirley Clarke and John Cassavetes in the late 1950s.
For this groundbreaking film, James Agee wrote the voiceover and influential photographer Helen Levitt was one of the principal cinematographers and screenwriters.
Nominated for a 1949 Academy Award.
Preceded by In the Street
(Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb and James Agee, 1948, 15mins), a compassionate silent short documenting life in late 1940s Spanish Harlem.
Program to be introduced by film historian Deane Williams (Monash University).