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Ekstra (The Bit Player): Understanding people from behind-the-scenes

IN WHAT HAVE been a down-to-earth role for the Philippines’ “Star for all seasons,” Vilma Santos proves us that there is no such thing as Philippine cinema without her.

Director Jeffrey Jeturian’s newest obra maestra has a well-written and intelligent script that renders the film both heart-breaking and tearfully funny. The film discusses the realities in the lives of bit players (ekstra) or the actors with unimportant roles who usually dwell in the background of great films or television series. They are the people who do not really matter to the audience; a mere decoration parallel to the main actors and actresses. Read the rest of this entry

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