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Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Chris Olsen – The Boy Who Cried

Mark Rappaport | USA | 2016

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2 September 2020


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In assuming the voice of one-time child actor Chris Olsen, this film examines the vagaries of stardom, the limited agency of the child actor and the continuing legacy of a figure who is a relative footnote in Hollywood history. Although Olsen’s Hollywood career was over by the time he turned
11, he appeared in a number of iconic works of 1950s cinema: Vincente Minnelli’s The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Douglas Sirk’s The Tarnished Angels (1957), Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Budd Boetticher’s The Tall T (1957) and Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life (1956). Drawing together some of the threads that marked Olsen’s relatively brief career, Rappaport’s illuminating essay pinpoints the captivating ordinariness of Olsen’s onscreen persona.

Format: Digital
Language: English
Runtime: 17 min

Event duration

17 mins

How to Watch

This film is available to stream via the Filmmuseum München until 9 September 2020.

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