Criterion Collection: Red Balloon

Criterion Collection: Red Balloon

Pascal Lamorisse
Director: Albert Lamorisse Cast: Pascal Lamorisse
Pascal Lamorisse
, Georges Sellier
Georges Sellier
, Wladimir Popof
Wladimir Popof
Albert Lamorisse

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Most of French director Albert Lamorisse'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 Pascal) 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 Lamorisse has a delightful surprise in store for us. In an unusual move, The Red Balloon in its American TV premiere was introduced by Ronald Reagan as an episode of the CBS anthology G.E. Theater on April 2, 1961.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
UPC: 0715515028820
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 0:34:00
Sales rank: 4,568

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Red Balloon
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:58]
2. Pascal in Paris [4:05]
3. A Walk in the Rain [3:46]
4. "Obey Me, And Be Good" [3:56]
5. School [4:29]
6. Flea Market [5:04]
7. Pascal Buys a Pastry [2:42]
8. The Chase [4:27]
9. All the Balloons in Paris [3:55]
10. Color Bars [:00]

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