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Manila in the Claws of Light

Spine #926

Jun 12, 2018

Number of Discs: 2

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Tagalog Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Manila in the Claws of Light

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Directed By: Lino Brocka
Licensor: World Cinema Project

Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as “soaps.” A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who was lured there with the promise of work and hasn’t been heard from since. In the meantime, he takes a low-wage job at a construction site and witnesses life on the streets, where death strikes without warning, corruption and exploitation are commonplace, and protests hint at escalating civil unrest. Mixing visceral, documentary-like realism with the narrative focus of Hollywood noir and melodrama, Manila in the Claws of Light is a howl of anguish from one of the most celebrated figures in Philippine cinema.

  • Introduction by filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • Signed: Lino Brocka, a 1987 documentary about the director by Christian Blackwood
  • “Manila” . . . A Filipino Film, a 1975 documentary about the making of the film, featuring Lino Brocka and actors Hilda Koronel and Rafael Roco Jr.
  • New piece with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
  • An essay by film scholar José B. Capino


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