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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...
- The navel or umbilicus.
- In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
- A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.