Manila by Night

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Manila by Night
Directed by Ishmael Bernal
Produced by Lily Y. Monteverde
Written by Ishmael Bernal, Ricardo Lee
Starring Charito Solis
Music by The Vanishing Tribe
Cinematography Ely Cruz, Sergio Lobo
Edited by Augusto Salvador
Distributed by Regal Films
Release date
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog, English

Manila by Night also known as City After Dark is a 1980 Filipino directed by Ishmael Bernal and starring Gina Alajar and Charito Solis. Released at the height of the Marcos regime, the film uncovers the other face of Manila by depicting the ugly aspects of life in the city - unemployment, prostitution, drug addiction, and lack of decent housing. Considered as one of Bernal's masterpieces,[citation needed] it is an epic multi-narrative of people who have shady pasts and are trying to exist in an unforgiving world.


The film's events take place in the course of several nights, involving various protagonists and the city itself.


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