Latest Red Balloon Stories

2008-07-18 09:00:47

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 18--Glorious photography and an experimental narrative full of improvised dialogue combine to make "The Flight of the Red Balloon" an impressive, abstract work of art on film. The final product -- like a canvas of French impressionism hanging in a museum -- will engender a variety of reactions. Director Hou Hsiao Hsien ("Cafe Lumiere") gives his Paris-set picture a decidedly Chinese flavoring and uses an unconventional approach that may distract...

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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.