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‘The Red Balloon’ Short Film Critique: Relationship and Poetry Through a Child’s Gaze

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class The 1956 French short film classic “The Red Balloon” (Le ballon rouge) features a tender drama with a fine touch of flight of fancy. Its subdued setting features a lot of grays, suggesting the depressing quality of the film’s mood and tone, which is then contrasted with the blazing red balloon in mid air.  This post-war motion-picture classic written and directed by Albert Lamorisse features a seemingly cynical world that turns magical

‘Tango’ Short Film Critique: Overlapping Routines as a Collective Ritual

A short essay for my Film Theory and Criticism Class Filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński presents his critically acclaimed 1981 Polish short film “Tango” as a rhythmic play set in a stage that gradually progresses. It begins with a vaguely minimalist room where there are three points of entrance and exit: two doors and a window. These points become the gateways of a plethora of characters that initially starts with easily recognizable parts until each one’s repetitive acts create layer after layer of

Blu-ray Review: ‘Medea’

Coming out on a single-disc Blu-ray package, the 1969 Italian drama "Medea" tells the story of a son who must steal the golden fleece from the land of barbarians to win back his father's kingdom. A take on the ancient tragedy by Classical Greek playwright Euripedes, this mythical tale features a disturbing vision of the complexities of love, betrayal, ambition, corruption, humanity, and revenge. Presenting an extremely stylized piece that works within the confines of neorealism and surrealism, controversial Italian director

Cine Europa 16 promotes stronger European-Filipino ties

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Now on its 16th edition, the annual Cine Europa Film Festival, once again, opens its doors to free public screenings of compelling European film titles for Filipinos. This year, the festival partners with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and the Independent Filmmakers' Cooperative (IFC) to create a more expansive cinema program for its ever-increasing audience. This two-month celebration of film and culture happens from September to October 2013 across the Philippines. It features 21 European films from 18

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