Nora-Lolita link both instructive and apt


NORA Aunor in “Himala”

Nora Aunor has confounded her naysayers once more with her latest victories in the international film arena, where her moving lead portrayal in Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s ethnic drama, “Thy Womb,” has again been honored with awards.

In addition, Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” will soon be reissued, so younger viewers can thrill to lead star Nora’s acting brio at the prime of her career.

While distributors and theater chain owners are at it, they should similarly “remind” viewers of Nora’s past glory by mounting retrospectives of her best portrayals in films like “Bona,” “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos,” “T-Bird at Ako” and “Atsay.”

“Thy Womb” is already a good big screen comeback for Nora, but we believe that she has even greater portrayals left in her. So we look forward to her next cinematic challenges and triumphs.

In our mind’s eye, in fact, we see her going the same route to greatness as Lolita Rodriguez did a generation before her.

The Nora-Lolita link is both instructive and apt, because the two ace actresses are known for their deep and quiet, rather than colorfully melodramatic portrayals.

In addition, they are among the few “kayumanggi” stars who have become big names in Philippine entertainment, in significant contrast to the more numerous tisay types who have reigned over the local movie industry and its escapist products.

Being among the few exceptions that prove the desultory “colonial” rule, Nora and Lolita are all the more valuable and deserving of our admiration, because they have succeeded despite their dark complexion and lack of “racial pedigree.”

It should similarly be pointed out that Lolita and Nora have yet another feature in common—their exceptionally luminous and expressive eyes, which enable them to depict and express the deepest of emotions without saying a word!

On point of difference now, Lolita was more of a “trained” actress, while Nora is more instinctively insightful in the way she limns and understands the characters she portrays. It can even be said that, in general, Lolita acted with her mind, while Nora is all heart.

Which is not to say that Nora is ignorant of or unfamiliar with acting technique. Having directed her in the past, we know that she can vivify difficult themes and character impulses, and knows how and when to tap into different kinds of emotive resources, depending on the needs of a particular scene.

How did Nora become so “versed” in the range and depth of the acting challenge, when she came from humble origins and lacks “education”? We ascribe her feat to the fact that, she may not be schooled, but she has a sensible, practical, intelligent and also sensitive head on her shoulders.

Having worked with the best directors and actors in the course of her long career, she has been able to distill valuable inputs and insights that have clarified the acting process for her, and enable her to turn in excellent work, if and when she’s suitably challenged.

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  • Homer Guo

    couldn’t agree more, sir.

  • Joel Gonzalez

    Therefore, Nora and Lolita are the the two best actresses of Philippine cinema. Therefore, Nora is better than Lolita because she (Nora) is instinctive, acting with her heart. Galing talaga ni Nestor Torre magsulat!

  • hustlergalore

    tanungin natin ang mga nag-aaral ng acting ni nora. LOL

  • Lourdes R. Laguardia

    one very fine piece of writing, Mr. Torre- so sincere, so honest!

  • akimaxx

    Sa aking paniniwala, depende kung sino ang direktor, kung magaling siya, magaling din ang artista.
    Director has the over all vision of the film, actors do the realization, so the plan will start from a good filmmaker based on the script.. A director is comparable to an orchestral conductor, he controls the dynamics, tempo and the color of tones. Film is a collaborative art like a big orchestra. An actor is like a soloist, well trained on interpreting and playing his instrument. Collaboration will continue to other co-actors, technical directors and their staff, and so on.
    Filmmakers are team players. Film comes to life on their hands.

  • Marshall

    Sana maligo naman si Nora ..mura lang naman ang sabon bakit ang tamad maligo….

    • Sompat Saeyong

      Sana mamatay buong PAMILYA MO.

    • John Cruz

      it’s so ironic that the most ignorant  are usually  the most willing to  flaunt their crassness in public. Marshall, i pity you. 

    • Ma Lourdes Macuno

      Ikaw Marshall ang maligo ang baho ng amoy sa loob at sa labas. Kung ang basihan mo sa tao maganda nag labas ay maganda din ang ugali…May maganda at masama ang ugali may masama din. Ikaw asan ka kaya? siguro both side. Kung di ka nagandahan kay Nora Aunor..kung alam mo lang kung gaano siya kamahal sa mga fans niya, kasi mabait siya matungin. Di siya plastic na gaya sa ibang artista o tao…na nag I love you sa mga fans na di naman taos pusong sinabi. Si Nora Aunor ay iba, mahal nila lahat ang mga fans.

  • Andre

    Ito kayang si Marshall ang paliguan ng kumukulong tubig ng matauhan hahaha. Nestor bumawi ka dito sa write up mo. Dati negative ngayon positive naman.

    Ang masasabi ko lang wala pang tumalong actor or actress kay Nora sa galing. Maraming magagaling pero nag iisa ang Nora Aunor  sa trono niya !

    Yun mga naiinggit dyan, inom kayo ng gamot lol

    • aqopo.c.elsa

       yun “GENERIC” para mas effective DAW !!!!!

  • Supahstar

    nestor u. torre has always the best to say about the superstar…. praises or creative criticisms.  i just don’t undertand why most fans cannot read between the lines.

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