A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino
The film is based on the celebrated play of the same title by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin and is directed by National Artist for film, Lamberto V. Avellana.
"A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino" is considered the most important Filipino play in English.
In it Joaquin focused on family conflict, in which old cultural models are reconciled with modern values.
Set in October 1941, two months before the outbreak of WWII, the film revolves around the lives of the two spinster daughters, Candida and Paula (National Artist for Theater Daisy Avellana and Naty Crame-Rogers) of a distinguished Filipino painter.
The family has fallen on hard times and the daughters blame their desperate situation on their father.
The old man works on a painting and bequeaths it to his daughters.
The painting subsequently becomes an object of greed, personified by the boarder Tony Javier (Conrad Parham), and eventually engulfs the famly in a turmoil of recriminations – against a backdrop of memory, nostalgia, and approaching war.
A book, "Contra Mundum," was produced in 2015 commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary as well as the birth centennials of Lamberto Avellana and Manuel De Leon, the film’s producer. With English Dialogue.
Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana.
1965/Black & White/110 minutes/English Dialogue
NOTE: Although DVD is a burned copy only but includes an authenticity certification.
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