The Red Balloon and Other Stories: Five Films by Albert Lamorisse 01/13/24

The Criterion Collection

The Albert Lamorisse ‘children’s classic’ is simply great cinema, a visual fable with a touching lesson to impart. Reviewer Charlie Largent sings the film’s visual delights, its original use of color, and Lamorisse’s knack for making an inanimate object seem alive. It’s the only short film to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Also included is the directors’ Le cheval sauvage some good interview extras and a booklet with an essay by David Cairns. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.