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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Approved | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier ...
Le marchand
Vladimir Popov ...
Un locataire
Paul Perey
Sabine Lamorisse ...
La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin
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Renée Marion ...
La mère de Pascal
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A boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Written by alfiehitchie

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This film had one of the largest non-theatrical runs in the history of American cinema. Thousands of 16-millimeter prints were distributed to schools across the country. See more »

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For a brief instant, a wire can be seen attached to balloon as boy waits to cross street. Wire stands out against blue coat of man standing behind him looking on as the boy waits for intersection to clear. See more »

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Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
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With the cooperation of the balloons of the Paris area. See more »

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Spoofed in Dream Doll (1979) See more »

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Le Ballon Rouge is a masterpiect of Short Film making...
3 November 2004 | by (London ,England) – See all my reviews

Le Ballon Rouge is a masterpiece in Short Film making. It tells the story of the day of a life of a parisian boy who finds a red balloon on his way to school. Or rather it finds him. Everybody, it seems is rather keen to see the boy get rid of the balloon. He arrives at school and is not allowed to bring the balloon in with him. He lets it go and it flies off, only to be waiting for him at the end of the day, hovering outside in the school yard. Further adventures ensue throughout the day culminating in a spectacular ending for the boy. It is wonderfully directed by Albert Lamorisse. This fantasy is elegant in direction and editing on the screen. The acting is understated and quite delightful. It has always been my favourite of all Short Films. I wonder if it exists as a theatrical print. I've only ever seen it on TV. I'd love to see it projected.


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