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The Golden Fish (1959)

Histoire d'un poisson rouge (original title)
Approved | | Short | 12 October 1959 (USA)
Similar in design and technique to "The Red Baloon", and winner of the 1959 International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this is the story of a boy who has a goldfish as a pet, ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Similar in design and technique to "The Red Baloon", and winner of the 1959 International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this is the story of a boy who has a goldfish as a pet, and the family cat has other plans for the goldfish, and a canary protects it by distracting the cat. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A film about prejudice
17 May 2004 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

This excellent short shows a simple story about a boy from a Japanese family living in Paris. The first thing you notice is that the boy is not treated very well by their mates. But the film has surprises because it intends to show you that everybody prejudges. The boy buys a golden fish (aka The Golden Fish, an Oscar winner 1959)and takes it home, throws it into a bowl and leaves. Later on, a cat comes into the house, you believe it will eat the fish, and there you are wrong, because the cat not only fails to eat the fish but saves its life. I think what film director Edmond Sechant wanted to say is that everybody prejudges. Before anything happens you assume that the cat is the villain of the story. I know it may be a little naive but when you see it you feel good, it makes you feel good. I think this film tries to say more than a simple story about a golden fish, it is dealing with racism and any kind of prejudices. Well, at least this is the way I understand it. Of course I may be wrong. I own a copy of this film on Super 8 which is part of my collection (I don't sell it) but if you are interested you can try searching it on the Internet. You only need to dust your old Super 8 Projector. Good hunt. Oscar.


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