Manila in the claws of light

DVD - 2018

"Lino Brocka achieved international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, a breakout example of the more serious-minded filmmaking the director had turned to after building a career on mainstream movies 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 Holly...wood noir and melodrama, Manila in the Claws of Light is a howl of anguish from one of the most celebrated figures in Philippine cinema"--Container

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Film adaptations
Feature films
Fiction films
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2018]
Corporate Author
Cinema Artists Philippines (Firm)
Corporate Author
Cinema Artists Philippines (Firm) (production company)
Other Authors
Lino Brocka, 1939-1991 (film director), Miguel de León (film producer), Severino Manotok (screenwriter), Clodualdo Del Mundo, 1948- (actor), Hilda Koronel (-), Bembol Roco, 1953-, Lou Salvador, Tommy Abuel, Jojo Abella, Edgar Reyes
Two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition
Item Description
Title from title frame.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1975.
Based on the novel Sa mga kuko ng liwanag by Edgardo Reyes.
Features: New 4K digital restoration by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Cineteca di Bologna, in association with The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, LVN, Cinema Artists Philippines, and cinematographer Mike De Leon; 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 Brocka and actors Hilda Koronel and Rafael Roco Jr.; "Challenging the viewer," a new interview with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns discussing the social context of the film.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (126 min.) : DVD video, sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Playing Time
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio); Dolby Digital monaural.
Rating: Not rated.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Miguel De Leon ; music, Max Jocson ; editors, Edgardo Jarlego, Ike Jarlego, Jr.
Classroom use may be subject to licensing restrictions.
  • Disc 1. [Feature film]
  • Disc 2. [Special features].
Review by Library Journal Review

Life on Manila's streets c.1975. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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