In Frank Vitale's autobiographical study, he plays a photographer living among the assorted outcasts, junkies, and artists populating Montreal's Main. Quieter and more introspective than most of his friends, Frank becomes smitten by Johnny, a fourteen-year-old from the suburbs. But the relationship is doomed by the startling degree of hypocrisy and possessiveness that boils over among the group when they discover the intensity of Frank's feelings about the boy. Written by
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What can I say? This obscure 1974 Canadian film played twice last month at a tiny art cinema in Montreal. I went to see it, was blown away, and had to return the next night to see it again. The film was co-written, co-produced, directed by, and stars Frank Vitale, an American photographer and film maker who at the time lived in Montreal. The film's plot concerns Vitale (playing a character named "Frank Vitale") befriending a twelve year old boy. The two become good friends, but the boy's parents are suspicious of Frank's intentions. The relationship also takes a toll on Frank's friendship with his best friend Bozo (played by future director Allan Moyle). This film makes the most of it's Montreal locations. It's interesting to see this film, made 2 years before I was even born. I walk down the Montreal Main (St-Laurent street) almost every day, and it hasn't changed a bit, with one exception: in the film all the signs are in English. Now, they're all in French.
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