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The Red Balloon (1956)

Cast: Pascal Lamorisse, Pascal Lamorisse, Michel Pezin, more...
Director: Albert Lamorisse, Albert Lamorisse
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Kids, Classic Comedy, Live Action, France, Classic Comedy, Classic Drama, Fantasy, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 34 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Most of French director Albert Lamorisse's films celebrate the miracle of flight, but few were as landmark as his 1956 short subject The Red Balloon. The story, told with a minimum of dialogue, concerns a little boy (played by the director's son Pascal) who comes across a helium-filled balloon. As he plays with his new acquisition, the boy discovers that the balloon seemingly has a mind of its own. The little red orb follows its new "master" all through the streets of Paris, then dogs the boy's trail into the schoolroom, which drives the teacher to comic distraction. Towards the end, it seems as though boy and balloon will be parted forever....but director Lamorisse has a delightful surprise in store for us. In an unusual move, The Red Balloon in its American TV premiere was introduced by Ronald Reagan as an episode of the CBS anthology G.E. Theater on April 2, 1961. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Good, but not Criterion by KSwanson August 31, 2010 - 3:30 PM PDT
While this DVD was made from one of the better prints, it is not Criterion, and certainly not up to their quality.

a great film to watch with my 2 year old by tungwaiyip June 14, 2008 - 7:23 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The Red Balloon is a charming short film. A boy encountered a red balloon on his way to school by chance. The balloon seemed to have a mind of its own. It accompanied the boy on their many trips through the city together.

I found that this is a great film to watch with my 2 year old boy. Most film from Greencine I have to wait until he gets to bed before I will start. That's because the adult based storyline won't hold his interest. And also I don't like to be interrupted during a film. But this film we watched together in its entirety. The red balloon has easily captured his attention. We marveled at the balloons moves and we were very much engaged in their adventure. What a delightful film that half a century after it was made, it can still enchants its audiences!

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