Some time in the late 1950’s, I saw a movie “The Red Balloon”. It was acclaimed as an unusual movie (in England) because not only was it only 36 minutes in length, but there was minimal dialogue. What dialogue there was, was French (with appropriated sub titles), so the whole story was basically told from a visual perspective…. and it was about nothing more than a balloon!
It was written, produced, and directed by Mr Albert Lamorisse, and he used his son to play the key role, and his daughter who portrays a little girl. From what little I know about the movie business, I would suggest that it was a very low budget production!
That movie made a huge impact on me as a young boy but, as generally happens, life intervenes and such experiences are slowly pushed back into history. Sometime around 10-15 years ago, “The Red Balloon” came up in a conversation and the emotions from the late 50’s were recalled, resulting in my watching it again (you have to love the internet!). Unlike many movies that do not repeat their original appeal, “The Red Balloon” once again created an emotional response!
This week, I read a Post which referenced balloons…
… and once again my thoughts went back to “The Red Balloon”! Once again I watched it! Once again it was an emotional experience!
If you have 36 minutes to spare, the movie link is below. I am curious to hear your feelings about a short, low budget, no dialogue movie, in which the star is a red balloon!
The reason I find this fascinating is simply because we seem to be inundated with graphically visual and high action, “edge of your seat” movies … so why does this one hold my attention beyond my childhood? I have had no inclinations to revisit “Bambi” or the Disney “Peter Pan” which I also enjoyed, so the “nostalgia argument” is perhaps a little weak!