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The Red Balloon, 1953
A Chairy Tale, 1957
17th June 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
The Red Balloon (U, FRANCE, 1953, Albert Lamorisse, 34mins)
A Chairy Tale (CANADA, 1957, Norman McLaren, 9mins)
Eyewash (US, 1959, Robert Breer, 4mins, no sound)
Lights (US, 1964-66, Marie Menken, 6mins, no sound)
Free to ALL
We advise age 4+ (The Red Balloon has a U classification)
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Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 Oscar-winning short film The Red Balloon is set in the run-down Ménilmontant neighborhood of Paris. A little boy, played by the director’s son Pascal, is walking to school one morning when he discovers a red balloon tangled around a lamppost. He rescues it and takes it to school with him. Along the way, the boy discovers that the balloon has a mind of its own. It follows him home and they become friends, but eventually the balloon attracts the attention of a gang of boys and a chase begins. The Red Balloon is shown here alongside Marie Menken’s beautiful Lights and two short films by experimental filmmakers Norman McLaren (1914-1987) and Robert Breer (1926-2011), which used stop-motion animation in different ways to bring objects such as chairs and gloves to life!
The Red Balloon has a little bit of dialogue in French, with English subtitles. Eyewash and Lights both consist of rapidly changing and flickering images