Detroit Film Theatre


THE RED BALLOON and WHITE MANE

Friday, November 23, 2007

2:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Family Friendly
  • Fees Apply

Some of the cinema’s most beloved films for young people were the product of France’s Albert Lamorisse, a photographer-turned-filmmaker whose unique ability to tell stories visually, with a minimum of dialogue, spawned a worldwide following. In White Mane (1952), a young boy comes across a wild horse in a spectacular area in the south of France. When the horse eludes the attempts of ranchers to capture it, the boy sets out to find the magnificent white-haired horse on his own. Lamorisse’s most celebrated film is his 34-minute Oscar-winning The Red Balloon (1956), in which a lonely young boy (played by the director’s son) is befriended by a bright red balloon which obediently follows him everywhere – even when the balloon’s “life” may be at risk. The Red Balloon – winner of the Cannes Festival’s Palme d’Or – has been restored to its Technicolor splendor. White Mane’s English-language narration was written by James Agee. (81 min. total)

“The magical White Mane is one of the most beautiful films ever made” -Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

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