Monday, September 17, 2007

Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat Ng Lupa (1975)

Sa panahong banayag ang pamumuhay ng mga tao sa isang mumunting bayan sa tabi ng dagat, isang babae ang paghuhumaliwan ng mga kalalakihan at ang magdudulot ng pagkasira ng kanilang buhay. Tahimik at payapa ang barrio, pangingisda ang tanging paraan ng pamumuhay, natagpuang nakahandusay sa mga batuhan sa kabilang pulo si Isabel (Gloria Diaz), kinupkop at itinuring na parang anak ng mag-asawang hindi biniyayaan na magkaroon ng sariling anak. Habang lumilipas ang mga araw, ang mga taong nakapaligid ay unti-unting siyang pagnanasahan at itatakwil. Sa natatanging pagganap ni Diaz, masasabing natin na isa siya sa magandang hayop sa balat ng lupa.

Despite its far-fetched storyline, and unbelievable characters, Celso Ad. Castillo holds up his film together with amazing visual imagery dotted with the unending search of the town's folk of human touch. Each man, seems to be smitten by Diaz's radiant beauty, add to that her ability to ride a horse, no saddles and all! Her mysterious past also adds to that appeal, the women on the other hand despises her, and they see her as a threat to the town's existence. In the end, when every life she touched been snuffed out of existence, she too in a very theatrical sort of way, is blown out of the water, by a longing to good to be true.

Why can't people in today's industry be more like Diaz and Elizabeth Oropeza, (she plays the disillusioned lover of one of the male characters) they've endured countless surge in the vast open seas, yet still maintain an understated sensuality that is not vulgar as seen in the film, compared to today's standards. With the likes of Diana Zubiri and Francine Prieto and other smaller fry than them, they can certainly poke an eye out with their enhancements.

The film at times, comes off preachy with its exasperating speeches by Diaz and Pedro Faustino who plays the town elderly, quoting the Bible, at that. These speeches though ring true in the town's plight and its significance in society in general. People can't seem to control the call of the flesh.

*photo c/o Jojo Devera, visit his site at


homar murillo said...

recently, i have developed this appetite for old films, i mean really old such as charlie chaplin's slapstick sketches. by comparison, this movie is relatively new. i wish to get a dvd copy of this. i haven't yet watched this film. hopefully i could also do a review about this in one of my blogs.

ikbb said...

This was filmed in our town of Carles, Iloilo... specifically at Sicogon island. See the place at my blog...