DOUBLE BILL: A Compilation of Color Scenes from 1950s Filipino Movies + Ibong Adarna (Adarna Bird, 1941)

  • April 7, 2023 | 8:00 PM - 10:20 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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A Compilation of Color Scenes from 1950s Filipino Movies
Director: Mike De Leon
Language: Filipino
Country: Philippines
Runtime: 8 min
Rating: PG

Full Synopsis

Filmmaker Mike De Leon created this brief but hypnotic compilation of ANSCO colour sequences from now-lost 1950s Filipino musicals and costume dramas produced by LVN Pictures, his grandmother Doña Sisang’s movie studio.

Followed by:

Ibong Adarna (Adarna Bird, 1941)
Director: Vicente Salumbides
Language: Filipino; English subtitles
Country: Philippines
Runtime: 124 min
Rating: PG

Full Synopsis

One of the few prewar LVN Pictures movies to survive, Ibong Adarna was released in October 1941, two months before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and its invasion of the Philippines. A costume drama involving the legend of the magical Adarna bird, whose singing scenes are said to have been hand-tinted in colour, this popular genre film was later remade by studio favourite Manuel Conde, whose Genghis Khan was screened at AFA’s Asian Restored Classics in 2017.

Please note: little survives of the film library of LVN studios, and what does survive is generally in poor condition. We nonetheless present these rare films so that Singaporean audiences can experience them for the first time.


This screening is part of Retrospective: Mike De Leon. For the full programme, please click here.

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