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ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008
Directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien. With Juliette Binoche, Song Fang, Hippolyte Girardot and Simon Iteanu. Distributed by IFC First Take. In French with subtitles. 1 hour, 53 mins. No MPAA rating (adult themes). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Not a remake, and not a children's movie either, Flight of the Red Balloon nonetheless takes its inspiration from Albert Lamorisse's 1956 classic short, "The Red Balloon," about a scrappy kid and the mysterious, helium-filled orb that dogs him around rundown, post-war Paris.
NEWS
May 8, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Juliette Binoche, introducing Flight of the Red Balloon to audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, described the project as a "life-changing experience. " A tad dramatic maybe, but hey, she's an actress. The next day, as she prepared to introduce another of her movies at the festival - Amos Gitai's Disengagement - Binoche elaborated. "I had never experienced such complete trust from a director," she said, referring to Hou Hsiao Hsien, the Taiwanese filmmaker who took the 1956 children's cinema classic "The Red Balloon" and, well, flew with it in his improvisational, slice-of-Parisian-life homage.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2007 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Short, sweet and truly sublime, "The Red Balloon," 52 years since it was shot on the rain-slicked cobblestones of Paris, remains one of the great children's films of all time. Which means it's a great film for grown-ups, too. The simple, almost wordless tale of a tiny boy - played with wide eyes and a bowl haircut by Pascal Lamorisse - "The Red Balloon" follows the pip-squeak Parisian as he clambers up a street lamp on the way to school and comes down with a big red balloon.
TRAVEL
August 24, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PARIS - Are the "no-go zones" of Paris just urban legends? Or are they real, lawless enclaves in this City of Light? The no-go label sparked controversy in January when a Fox News guest analyst, speaking against the backdrop of a map overlaid with red circles, told viewers there were eight parts of Greater Paris where even the police dared not go. "I've been to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kashmir," said Nolan Peterson, a U.S. Air Force combat veteran....
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE STRETCH of Pennypack Creek off Axe Factory Lane where Brandon Boyle drowned was calm yesterday. The 13-year-old boy's body had been found the day before, the rescuers were gone and the water above the falls where he went missing Monday was as still as a millpond. On the Bustleton side of the bridge from which he had jumped in, a sign dedicated the spot "In loving memory of Brandon," along with a red balloon, a blue balloon and a small teddy bear tied to a tree. On the Rhawnhurst side, friends had written messages on balloons to the boy they described as a "shooting star.
NEWS
February 1, 1987 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
Centennial school board member Katherine M. Watson was just finishing up her legislative committee report when a woman dressed as a clown walked into the room, trailed by a cluster of eight balloons. Astonished and smiling, board members watched as the clown found school Superintendent Thomas L. Newman, tied the balloons to the back of his chair and placed a red carnation behind his ear. Thursday night was Newman's last school board meeting, and while he had urged board members and administrators not to make a fuss, someone - school officials said they didn't know who - apparently was unwilling to let the occasion go by unnoticed.
NEWS
September 23, 1996 | By Anne Barnard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Yakia had a blue smiley face painted on her hand, and a red heart pierced with an arrow on her cheek. In her arms was a red balloon twisted into the shape of a dog. Perched atop her thick black braids was another balloon, transformed by a clown into a swan-shaped headdress. The teenager was on an excursion Saturday from the Elwyn Institute in Media, a home for mentally retarded children and adults, and she was sitting on the bleachers at Episcopal Academy, surveying the football field like a queen on her throne.
NEWS
April 8, 1990 | By Laurie Halse Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
Golf enthusiasts in search of the CIGNA/Philadelphia PGA sectional championship this September will find it behind a red balloon emblazoned with the Dodge Motor Co.'s logo and name. Variances granted by the Whitemarsh Zoning Hearing Board will allow the Eagle Lodge Country Club to float the 15-by-20-foot promotional balloon from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17. The cold-air balloon will be anchored to the ground near the intersection of Ridge Pike and Manor Road, and illuminated from within.
NEWS
October 21, 2008
FORTUNATELY, we already bleed Phillies red. What else can we do to show the world Phillies pride? A Phillies cap on Billy Penn has been ruled out. How about a hoodie? Tomorrow's all-important Game 1 (all Series games are all-important to one team or the other) is played in Florida, God's waiting room. But in today's wired world, anything that happens anywhere is just a YouTube click away from being seen from here to Alpha Centauri. Tomorrow, wear red. Everyone.
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TRAVEL
August 24, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PARIS - Are the "no-go zones" of Paris just urban legends? Or are they real, lawless enclaves in this City of Light? The no-go label sparked controversy in January when a Fox News guest analyst, speaking against the backdrop of a map overlaid with red circles, told viewers there were eight parts of Greater Paris where even the police dared not go. "I've been to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kashmir," said Nolan Peterson, a U.S. Air Force combat veteran....
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THE STRETCH of Pennypack Creek off Axe Factory Lane where Brandon Boyle drowned was calm yesterday. The 13-year-old boy's body had been found the day before, the rescuers were gone and the water above the falls where he went missing Monday was as still as a millpond. On the Bustleton side of the bridge from which he had jumped in, a sign dedicated the spot "In loving memory of Brandon," along with a red balloon, a blue balloon and a small teddy bear tied to a tree. On the Rhawnhurst side, friends had written messages on balloons to the boy they described as a "shooting star.
NEWS
October 21, 2008
FORTUNATELY, we already bleed Phillies red. What else can we do to show the world Phillies pride? A Phillies cap on Billy Penn has been ruled out. How about a hoodie? Tomorrow's all-important Game 1 (all Series games are all-important to one team or the other) is played in Florida, God's waiting room. But in today's wired world, anything that happens anywhere is just a YouTube click away from being seen from here to Alpha Centauri. Tomorrow, wear red. Everyone.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008
Directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien. With Juliette Binoche, Song Fang, Hippolyte Girardot and Simon Iteanu. Distributed by IFC First Take. In French with subtitles. 1 hour, 53 mins. No MPAA rating (adult themes). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. Not a remake, and not a children's movie either, Flight of the Red Balloon nonetheless takes its inspiration from Albert Lamorisse's 1956 classic short, "The Red Balloon," about a scrappy kid and the mysterious, helium-filled orb that dogs him around rundown, post-war Paris.
NEWS
May 8, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Juliette Binoche, introducing Flight of the Red Balloon to audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, described the project as a "life-changing experience. " A tad dramatic maybe, but hey, she's an actress. The next day, as she prepared to introduce another of her movies at the festival - Amos Gitai's Disengagement - Binoche elaborated. "I had never experienced such complete trust from a director," she said, referring to Hou Hsiao Hsien, the Taiwanese filmmaker who took the 1956 children's cinema classic "The Red Balloon" and, well, flew with it in his improvisational, slice-of-Parisian-life homage.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2007 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Short, sweet and truly sublime, "The Red Balloon," 52 years since it was shot on the rain-slicked cobblestones of Paris, remains one of the great children's films of all time. Which means it's a great film for grown-ups, too. The simple, almost wordless tale of a tiny boy - played with wide eyes and a bowl haircut by Pascal Lamorisse - "The Red Balloon" follows the pip-squeak Parisian as he clambers up a street lamp on the way to school and comes down with a big red balloon.
NEWS
October 10, 2000 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
The fans' mind-altering chemical of choice at Eagles games this season is not reefer, but nitrous oxide. That's right, laughing gas. In yet another bizarre chapter in the city's storied history of fan misbehavior, thousands of green-and-white-clad Eagles fans now commonly prepare for gridiron battles by tanking up on large doses of the mild anesthesia. It is a pregame ritual straight out of Timothy Leary's playbook. In the parking lots surrounding Veterans Stadium, buzz-seeking fans - drawn by the hiss of escaping gas - line up at a dozen or more 41/2-foot-tall cannisters.
NEWS
September 23, 1996 | By Anne Barnard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Yakia had a blue smiley face painted on her hand, and a red heart pierced with an arrow on her cheek. In her arms was a red balloon twisted into the shape of a dog. Perched atop her thick black braids was another balloon, transformed by a clown into a swan-shaped headdress. The teenager was on an excursion Saturday from the Elwyn Institute in Media, a home for mentally retarded children and adults, and she was sitting on the bleachers at Episcopal Academy, surveying the football field like a queen on her throne.
NEWS
May 18, 1993 | By Tia Swanson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Thomas Wilson could not have cared less about the speeches. Although he greeted each one with a grunt - sometimes thoughtful, sometimes distressed - that could have been interpreted as comment, his mother said his mind was elsewhere: lunch. When you're 4 months old, talk is cheap. Now, little Thomas' shots are, too. Camden County kicked off a program yesterday that will provide free immunization to all children in the county, regardless of age and wealth. It is one of the first programs of its kind in the state.
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