Tuesday, May 22, 2012

LOVE LETTERS (1970)


Basic Information: Directed: Abraham Cruz; Story: Felipe Baron; Screenplay: Felipe Baron; Cast: Vilma Santos, Edgar Mortiz, Esperanza Fabon, Romy Mallari, Baby De Jesus, Bobby Roldan, Alona Alegre, Victor Wood, Baby Alcaraz, Cloyd Robinson, Ernie Vega, Dell Martin, Wilma Landicho, Azucena Guevarra, Imelda Alonzo, Norma Blancaflor; Original Music: Danny Subido; Cinematography: Avelino Peralta; Film Editing: Teofilo de Leon; Art Design: Greg Alcid Jr.; Sound: Flaviano Villareal; Film poster courtesy of Video48

Plot Description: Love Letter is the love story of Vilma and Edgar. They had a quarell that involves returning of their gift to each other including love letters. The arguments ended in Edgar stealing the love letters and eventually ended in their respective families arguring in court. The film ended in usual reconciliations and more singing as this is a musical film!

An early Vilma Santos-Edgar Mortiz romantic musical also featuring the old gang - Romy Mallari, Esperanza Fabon, Baby de Jesus, Bobby Roldan, Alona Alegre and jukebox king Victor Wood. The story is about young love, with all its anxieties and conclusion. It dramatizes the pains of growing up and the need to follow romantic ideals. An infectious trip down memory lane, with the original D'Sensation gang the way they were! Directed by Abraham Cruz for Tagalong Ilang-Ilang Productions. - Trigon Video

Film Achievement: Entry to the 1970 5th Manila Film Festival

Film Reviews: Love Letters is a musical films specially made for the fans of "teeny-bopper" stars - Vi and Bot. The film was probably shot with improvisations, which means, without a written script. This was noticeably clear as the film's main characters and the actual names of the actors were not change at all. The film's main plot was the the stealing of love letters that ended in court, followed by picket line (ala-"Occupy" Wall Street) that was hard to believe. And also the one-after the other testimonies of Edgar, Vilma and both parents that were irritatingly funny. Although we are used to Vilma's tolereable singing, we're more surprise to see a singing Alona Alegre! She looked more like Eugene Domingo (clearly before her sexy films/image). One more thing, Alona's wedding gown was worth a second look, its not like your ordinary wedding gown. The head piece was a beaded hood that covers her hair and neck. With so much singing, Baby De Jesus's voice stands out among the girls but her piano playing acting was over the top. Victor Wood's duet with Edgar Mortiz, "Beautiful Dreamers" is worth downloading. Danny Subido was responsible for inserting all the musical numbers that was quite a tasks particularly without a well written musical screenplay. The film was shot in Baguio City and cinematographer, Avelino Peralta's did a wonderful job showcasing the city on Vilma's day dreaming except for the akward courtscenes. Love Letters was produced by Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Production and directed by Abraham Cruz, a forgettable film that only a die hard Vi and Bot fans (and those who loves film nostalgia) can only appreciate.

"...Teen superstars Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos have their respective entries: Nora had two entries, Nora in Wonderland (with Manny de Leon) for Tower Productions and Young at Heart (with Tirso Cruz III) for Sampaguita Pictures, while Vilma with his lone entry, Love Letters with Edgar Mortiz for Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions..." - Video 48, 1970 MFF READ MORE


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