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The Red Balloon” is a very sweet and innocent tale until you realize that the balloon represented the postwar communist threat against France when… you know what? I’m gonna assume our college film professor was right. We didn’t get any of that out of it. It’s still très adorable.

Anyway, “The Red Balloon” and the Criterion Collection are free this weekend on Hulu, including “The Blob,” which, now that we think of it, was more about the creeping communist threat. To be honest, we were only in the film class to impress our older brother, the communist.

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