The Red Balloon is a 1956 fantasy short film, directed by Albert Lamorisse. It is a dialogue free film which nonetheless won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Beautiful!
an incredible film…unfortunately i only saw it once when i was 6. It reduced me to a puddle of sobs, and just the thought of it makes me teary!
My elementary school regularly showed this film to us. I love it!
I was thinking about this film today. I bought it on DVD for my son a couple of years ago, and he really didn’t seem to get it. Fast forward (in real life) by two years, and we learn that our son has Asperger’s Syndrome — among other things, Asperger’s sufferers have a hard time judging facial expressions. The syndrome is in the category of “non-verbal learning disabilities.” So of course my son didn’t get it!
Today it occurred to me that I could watch it with him and point out what the little boy is feeling and how he expresses his feelings. That might actually be a good learning exercise for my little boy.
OH, one of my favorites :D
Thanks for that great flood of memories! I recall seeing the film on a few occasions here in Toronto when I was in elementary school in the 1970’s.
Oh I haven’t seen this in years. I remember love it. Thanks for the memory.
1st Time I see it. It’s Beautiful
now that i read your post, i’d like to show you a video clip that i did for an indy band here in spain -it’s a hommage to Le ballon rouge.
you can see it here:
(actually i’m a writer; but got a knack for photshop and after effects)
thank. and i love your blog.
I was forced to watch this film somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 times between 3rd and 5th grades.
It is a sweet and dreamy film, a romance between boy and balloon (Lacanian readings invited), and I think it pretty well demonstrates everything that Americans find laughable about the French. Allons-y!
love this little film – didn’t enjoy the recent full length feature that was out last year though… can’t remember the title – juliette binoche was in it…
FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON
Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou. 112 min. 2008
Date & Time: Thu, Jan 15, 2009, 8:00pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Str.
Venue: 92YTribeca Screening Room
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