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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director:

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

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Cast

Cast overview:
Pascal Lamorisse ... Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier Georges Sellier ... Le marchand
Vladimir Popov Vladimir Popov ... Un locataire
Paul Perey Paul Perey
Renée Marion Renée Marion ... La mère de Pascal
Sabine Lamorisse Sabine Lamorisse ... La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin Michel Pezin
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Storyline

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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The Academy Award Winning Sensation!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Balloon See more »

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Production Co:

Films Montsouris See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film short won the Best Writing, Original Screenplay Oscar for its only Academy Award nomination. It is the shortest film to win a major Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

Just after the scene where the boy is turned away from boarding the bus, you see him running off with the balloon in his left hand and the satchel in his right however in the next shot it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
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Crazy Credits

With the cooperation of the balloons of the Paris area. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pete's Dragon (2016) See more »

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Wonderful Cinematic Gem
1 September 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

THE RED BALLOON rescued by a small Parisian lad will transform his life in unbelievable ways.

This is a marvelous film, full of love & hope, searing sorrow & overwhelming joy. It is also a classic example of what can be done in a very limited time frame, with a compelling story and genius behind the camera.

The special effects are still entrancing, with wonderful editing & camerawork which turns the byways & alleys of old Paris into the canvas on which this fantasy is painted.

Director Albert Lamorisse's young son, Pascal, is the very fortunate star of this urban fairy tale.

If the tribulations & persecutions of the Red Balloon appear to be a type of Epiphany, that is probably no coincidence.


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