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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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

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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice

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.

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Alan Jones
Slant Magazine

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.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

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.

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