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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 22, 2016

'Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi' Restored Version Got Great Feedback From Viewers When Shown At Cinema One Filmfest

WE SAW THE RESTORED version of the late Danny Zialcita’s “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi” in its special screening at Trinoma. It was originally shown in 1983 and, after 33 years, it still clicked very well with today’s audiences who were laughing all throughout the screening as part of the Cinema One Filmfest. They just loved Zialcita’s witty and humorous dialogue and hilarious situations inivolving infidelity. This was remade by Viva Films last year as “When the Love Has Gone” but sadly, the remake cannot hold a candle to the original and fails so much in comparison.

It’s also obvious that ABS-CBN Restoration got a better existing copy of “Nagalit” which has better definition and brighter colors on screen compared to that of “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos” which is so faded. The performances of the major cast members in “Nagalit” are mostly convincing, especially Laurice Guillen as the wronged wife, Dindo Fernando as the philandering husband, Gloria Diaz as the mistress who just dumped her closeted husband, played by Eddie Garcia who apparenty had much fun with the role.

The supporting players who also shone include a pubescent Janice de Belen as Laurice and Dindo’s daughter, Suzanne Gonzales as Janice’s doting aunt, Odette Khan as Gloria’s wisecracking friend, Tommy Abuel as Laurice’s ex-boyfriend who wants to get her back, Johnny Vicar as Eddie’s opportunistic lover and Liza Lorena in a one-scene cameo role as a doctor who tries to convince Laurice about the benefits of taking tranquilizers. We somehow miss the movies of Danny Zialcita. No one has inherited his knack in making entertaining comedy-dramas with cleverly written, amusing dialogue about extra marital relationships.