Monday, September 03, 2007

Anak Dalita (1956)

Sa panulat ni Rolf Bayer at direksyon ni Lamberto V. Avellana, ang Anak Dalita ay kuwento ng isang sundalong (Tony Santos) kakauwi palang mula sa Korea upang muling makapiling ang kanyang naghihikahos na ina (Rosa Aguirre), at isang hostess (Rosa Rosal) ng nightclub na parehong nakatira sa isang mumunting papag sa loob ng napinsalang catedral sa Intramuros, Maynila. Dahil sa natamong pinsala ni Vic sa digmaan, nawalang pag-asa ito sa buhay na tinatahak, tanging si Vic Silayan, ang kura paroko ng catedral, ang may tiwala sa kanya upang magsimula muli. Ngunit sa nais maihon sa kahirapan ang kanyang sarili, pati narin ang kanyang ka-ibigan na si Rosa Rosal at ang kanyang makulit na kapatid (Vic Bacani), siya ay nagtrabaho bilang runner ng isang smuggler (Jose de Cordova) na kanyang naging kaibigan nang sila ay parehong naninilbihan sa militar.

Anak Dalita (The Ruins / Child of Sorrow) is set in the ruins of Intramuros. It paints a perfect picture for the film's backdrop. Two lovers, torn not by family but by poverty, and how hope serves as their last stronghold for survival, and the church, as a symbol of hope for the people who are hard hit by the devastation of war. As the characters in the film are cradled in the ruined cathedral, we see them as a community of caring people, who look after each other's welfare and well being.

As the film progresses, we see that this will be taken away from the people, as they are evicted to serve for the restoration of the house of God. As this happens, we see them turn to drastic means for continued existence. This will result to death and further destruction. The film takes step from a neo-realistic approach, it tackles issues on trust, desire and hope for a better future, despite the overwhelming odds. The slum settings, the devastation wrought by the previous war, the shady characters, and the occasional good characters pepper this Filipino classic from the 50's.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the information... I hope there would be more people like you who would post information about the films of the 1950s since it was part of the First Golden Age of Philippine Cinema as students like me would be interested... Thanks again and more power... >>>UP film student