If you are as old as me, you may have seen this film when it was released in the cinemas in the 1950's. Like me, you probably enjoyed it as a 'B' movie in support of another main feature film. You may also, like me, have longed for its release on DVD. It gained numerous awards in its day including
* Prix Louis Delluc: Prix Louis Delluc; Albert Lamorisse; 1956.
* Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or du court métrage/Golden Palm; Best Short Film, Albert Lamorisse; 1956.
* Academy Awards: Oscar; Best Writing, Best Original Screenplay, Albert Lamorisse; 1957.
* British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Award; Special Award, France; 1957.
* National Board of Review: Top Foreign Films; 1957.
* Best Film of the Decade Educational Film Award.
It is also given the highest 4-star rating in Halliwells Film Guide
In my mind, the Blu-ray transfer of this film is better than I saw in the cinema 55 years ago. Although French, it is of international appeal, and has little or no dialogue. Paris street scenes of the fifties have never been better recorded. If you remember this film or just love the classic art of the cinema, I urge you to buy this blu-ray version. The Red Balloon alone is worth every penny. White Mane is a bonus.