Manila In The Claws Of Light (Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag)

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  • The film moves to the alternating beats created by its characters' hopes and their miseries, by their talk of a different kind of future and the crushing reality of their present circumstances.

    February 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The intimate proletarian melodrama The Claws of Light succeeds where so many political allegories fail: With ethical and emotional sophistication, it dramatizes the suffering of the disadvantaged with characters that feel individual yet archetypal.

    February 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Lino Brocka's devastating ... melodrama opens with several stunning, grainy black-and-white shots of Manila, striking a beautiful balance between on-the-ground verisimilitude and fable-like eeriness.

    February 4, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

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  • The vicious depredations of the urban jungle have rarely been bared with such fierce clarity as in this 1975 melodrama, directed by Lino Brocka.

    February 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Brocka's look is quite accusatory, with him blaming the "capital" for exploiting the poor and the authorities for cooperating fully with the rich. Inevitably, this lack of any kind of prosperity and providence also leads to moral decay,

    March 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is a potent and provocative examination of poverty's ravaging mental and physical toll not just on people, but on a city and a society that continues to favor elites at the expense of the poor.

    June 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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