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The Red Balloon Details

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Most of French director [[Performer~P98570~Albert Lamorisse~albertlamorisse]]'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 [[Performer~P40190~Pascal~pascallamorisse]]) 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 [[Performer~P98570~Lamorisse~albertlamorisse]] has a delightful surprise in store for us. In an unusual move, The Red Balloon in its American TV premiere was introduced by [[Performer~P59108~Ronald Reagan~ronaldreagan]] as an episode of the CBS anthology G.E. Theater on April 2, 1961. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 11, 1957

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Albert Lamorisse Best Specialized Film 1956 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Lamorisse Best Original Screenplay 1956 Winner
French Film Critics Circle Albert Lamorisse Prix Louis-Delluc 1956 Winner

Crew

Albert Lamorisse
Director
Albert Lamorisse
Screenwriter
Edmond Sechan
Cinematographer
Maurice LeRoux
Composer (Music Score)
Pierre Gillette
Editor
Pierre Vuillemin
Sound/Sound Designer
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