Sunday, July 26, 2009

Le Ballon Rouge / Le Crin Blanc

I went to the movies again yesterday.  This time with my five-year-old daughter, and what joy to discover two rare pearls!  
"The Red Balloon" and "White Mane", which are the titles in English, are movies made in the 1950's by the French director Albert Lamorisse.  
He used to be a photographer before he started directing short films, and it is obvious that these works of art are made by someone who is used to see.  The pictures are so beautiful, no less than wonderful to watch, and together with the music, and the touching stories, they are the kind that surely will follow you when you leave the theatre.

The first movie is about a little boy, Pascal (played by the director's young son), who finds a big, red balloon tied to a lamppost.  The little boy and the balloon, who is magic, become friends, and they are watching out for one another while they wander the streets of 1950's Paris.

The second one, in black and white, takes place in Camargue, in the south of France, a sunny country where rivers meet the sea, and there are horses, flamingoes and fishermen.
We get to know the wild horse who is chased by lokal rangers, and the little boy, Folco, who becomes his friend.

I'm so glad I got a chance to get to know these classical masterpieces!

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