The Red Balloon follows a lonely young boy, played by Lamorisse's son, as he explores Paris with a playful, seemingly sentient balloon. White Mane, set in a devastatingly beautiful Mediterranean landscape, is the story of another boy who befriends a wild horse as it evades the ranchers who would capture it. Modern fables of childhood innocence and freedom, these true family classics are as delightful for kids as they are deeply emotional for adults.
Red and White: Program 1
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Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Le ballon rouge (The Red Balloon), Albert Lamorisse, 1957, 34 min., 35mm
Crin Blanc (White Mane), Albert Lamorisse, 1953, 40 min., 35mm
Image: Albert Lamorisse, The Red Balloon (still), 1957; image courtesy of Films Distribution