Manila In The Claws Of Light (Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag) (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Manila In The Claws Of Light (Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag) (1975)

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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…

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…

For Brocka and his characters, Manila is a libertarian dystopia, where poverty breeds its own predators and victims as the city's poor grasp for the little wealth that hasn't yet been distributed.

February 1, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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