Thursday, August 10, 2006


Here's the second installment of my most favorite scenes from Nora Aunor movies. First is the funeral scene in Lino Brocka's Bona (NV Productions, 1980). In this scene Bona (Nora Aunor) goes back home to pay respects to her recently deceased father (Venchito Galvez) where she was beaten up and publicly humilated by her angry brother (Spanky Manikan). Nora shines in this particular scene as she showed multiple emotions at the same time that of shock, terror and anguish. A great scene!

Second is yet another funeral scene in Ishmael Bernal's Himala (Experimental Cinema Of The Philippines, 1982). After the death of Sepa's (Amable Quiambao) children and Chayong's (Laura Centeno) apparent suicide, the entire town of Barrio Cupang mourns the loss of their townsfolk. During the funeral, the village idiot accuses Elsa (Nora Aunor) of her infant daughter's death as Elsa starts to breakdown. A moving and affecting performance from La Aunor.

Third is from Mario O'Hara's Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (NV Productions, 1976). Rosario (Nora Aunor) unable to accept her newborn son since her pregnancy was caused by Masugi's (Christopher de Leon) sexual advances she then tries to kill her child by attempting to throw the infant off a bridge. The camera slowly closes in on Rosario's face to show the anger, confusion and the rage. All these emotions showed in one facial expression. Simply amazing!