400 Screens, 400 Blows is a weekly column that takes an in-depth look at the films playing below the radar, beneath the top ten, and on 400 screens or less.

A small distributor called The Film Desk has one film in release on just a couple of U.S. movie screens. It has received very little notice from anywhere in the press or the blogosphere. It's an older film, from 1970. It's considered to be something of a classic, but it's not really one of the essential classics, nor is it one of those "unsung" or "forgotten" classics. It's currently available on DVD, so no big gaps have been filled in. I'm not even sure to what extent, if at all, the new print has been restored. But, due to lack of a press screening, I went to see it last Friday with an audience, and it made my week.

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