Growing up, I remember Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon, a gorgeously filmed tale of an enchanted balloon and a boy in 1950s Paris, being shown a lot in school. It seemed like every time there was a spare moment, the teacher would haul out the projector and play it. And, mind you, I am talking about many different teachers over many different years. The reality is probably that I saw it more than once. The other reality is that I adored it. Something about the boy's shoes against the stones in the street, the rope on the balloonpretty much everything about it completely captivated me for all of its 34 minutes. Anyone who hasn't experienced this remarkable, award-winning film should be certain to go to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth this weekend to see it screened as part of the Magnolia at The Modern series. It is being presented as a double feature with Lamorisse;'s other celebrated short, White Mane, which I have never seen, but it involves wild horses and cowboys in the south of France, so it is pretty much guaranteed to please. See them both at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8.50, $6.50 for Modern members. Visit themodern.org.
Jan. 4-6, 2008