I've always loved this little French movie. For three reasons.
First, there was almost no dialogue whatsoever in the film. This was not uncommon in classic French cinema. The visuals say everything.
Second, it's a whimsical little story about a little boy and a balloon he finds in the street.
Third (and especially.) This was the LONGEST film in the A/V library at my elementary school back in the 1970s, clocking in at just over a half hour.
Almost missed it for the third time when the substitute teacher filled in and she didn't know how to run the film projector (long before VCRs and DVD players, plain ordinary Bell & Howell 16mm film projectors and white pull-down screens that hung over the chalkboard were mandatory equipment in every classroom.) I happily took care of all that for her (nudge, wink.)
|Most films we had rarely ran longer than 15 minutes. A half hour film like The Red Balloon was a godsend.....|