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Film as Literature Final Exam 2011

The Red Balloon (FrenchLe Ballon rouge) is a 1956 fantasy short film, directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse.[1]


The thirty-four minute short, which follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a sentient, mute, red balloon, was filmed in theMénilmontant neighborhood of ParisFrance.


It won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Lamorisse for writing the best original screenplay in 1956 and the Palme d’Or for short films at Cannes. The film also became popular with children and educators.


Lamorisse used his children as actors in the film. His son, Pascal Lamorisse, plays Pascal in the main role, and his daughter Sabine portrays a little girl.

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