Wednesday, October 2, 2013
This searing melodrama shot on the streets of Manila with Bembel Roco and Hilda Koronel as doomed lovers, is one of the greatest films of Lino Brocka, the prolific Filipino filmmaker who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 52. “Lino knew all the arteries of this swarming city,” wrote his friend Pierre Rissient, “and he penetrated them just as he penetrated the veins of the outcasts in his films. Sometimes a vein would crack open and bleed. And that blood oozed onto the screen.” For too long, it has been difficult to see a lot of Brocka’s work, Manila included. Now, this magnificent film has been given a full-scale restoration. Restored by the World Cinema Foundation and The Film Development Council of the Philippines at the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with LVN, Cinema Artists Philippines and Mike de Leon.