The Red Balloon Film Still

The Red Balloon

Albert Lamorisse

 
The Red Balloon (Janus Films DVD)

Janus Films DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $14.95

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  • France
  • 1956
  • 34 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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Newly restored and available for the first time on DVD, Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

Cast

Credits

DirectorAlbert Lamorisse
ScreenplayAlbert Lamorisse
CinematographyEdmond Séchan
EditingPierre Gillette
Director of productionMichel Pezin
MusicMaurice Leroux
SoundPierre Vuillemin

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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The Red Balloon

By Michael Koresky April 28, 2008

The simplicity and emotional clarity of Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 The Red Balloon have made it one of the most beloved films of all time. The narrative is deceptively airy and pared down: Pascal, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Red Balloon and White Mane

By David Ehrenstein November 09, 1987

The Red Balloon and White Mane have been acclaimed throughout the world as two of the finest films ever made for—and about—children. The stories French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse tells in these . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Photo Galleries

A Splash of Red

May 08, 2014


News

Scorsese’s Next Invention

January 22, 2010

Following in the triumphant recent footsteps of Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze, Martin Scorsese is, according to reports in Variety and the Guardian, likely turning to children’s literature for . . . Read more »


Features

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The Red Balloon: Written on the Wind

By Brian Selznick November 19, 2008

My first trip to Paris took place inside the darkened cafeteria of Warnsdorfer Elementary School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. A few times each year, the entire student body was brought . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Img_current_613_fg1_thumbnail

The Red Balloon

By Michael Koresky April 28, 2008

The simplicity and emotional clarity of Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 The Red Balloon have made it one of the most beloved films of all time. The narrative is deceptively airy and pared down: Pascal, . . . Read more »


On Five

Red, White, and Blog

By Peter Becker February 13, 2008

We’ve been getting some questions about the three children’s classics from Janus Films. One good customer writes: “I’m wondering what the situation with The Red Balloon, White Mane, and Paddle . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Red Balloon and White Mane

By David Ehrenstein November 09, 1987

The Red Balloon and White Mane have been acclaimed throughout the world as two of the finest films ever made for—and about—children. The stories French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse tells in these . . . Read more »