HIs most charming film
Manuel Silos' Biyaya ng Lupa (Blessings of the Land, 1959) is so modestly poised so gracefully proportioned one may be hardpressed to say why it's classic. The film may also be one of the least known of great films, remembered mostly by those familiar with '50s Filipino cinema.
If I remember right I saw Mario O'Hara's Bulaklak sa City Jail (Flowers of the City Jail) and remember the lurid red of the nightclub where Angela sings, the bleak glow of cellblock lights, the deep shadows of the zoo. And I remember how in screenings and various Betamax and VHS recordings since how those colors have faded, the image blurred.
Thanks then to ABS CBN's digital restoration for bringing those colors back--the lurid reds, the bleak glow, the deep shadows.