Criterion wird im September in seiner Eclipse-Reihe einige Klassiker des Cinéma Vérité veröffentlichen, die “Actuality Dramas” von Allen King. Es ist erfreulich, dass dieser bedeutende Filmemacher wieder in den Mittelpunkt rückt. Die Eclipse-Box von Criterion wird sicherlich zur Wiederentdeckung von Allen King beitragen.
Mit seinem ersten abendfüllenden Film “Warrendale” hatte er 1967 ein Werk geschaffen, dass zweifellos zu den historischen Höhepunkten des Dokumentarfilms zählt:
“Last year we saw a documentary called Titicut Follies, made in a Massachusetts institution for the criminally insane, a picture that no doubt originated in a genuine impulse to expose oppressive conditions but that, I thought, began to get some gawking kicks out of showing them. I mention that picture only to assure those who saw it – or who wouldn’t see it – that Warrendale has not the slightest resemblance to it. It is not an expose, it is not a chamber of horrors. It is a union with some children who become very precious to us before the 100 minutes are up. Partly this is because they are themselves interesting and they are allowed – induced – to be there; partly it’s because they seem to be us, under a distorting magnifying glass. Jean Renoir has called Allan King “a great artist” – not a bad compliment from a man who is a pretty fair artist himself. Inarguably, King has evoked those children’s inner selves so powerfully on the screen that he has snared us up there, too.” (Stanley Kaufman: Warrendale. The Nation)