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Manila in the Claws of Light

Street Date:
June 12th, 2018
Movie Release Year:
1975
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
125 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Drama, Mystery

Starring:

Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr.

Director:

Lino Brocka

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • Tagalog LPCM Mono

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • 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.
  • New piece with critic, filmmaker, and festival programmer Tony Rayns
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar José B. Capino