|Mga Batang Yagit|
The trouble is that the very genre itself, melodrama, is incapable of providing new insights into the Philippine situation. We expect these films to give us new ways of looking at our society. It is not enough to give the excuse that this is merely a commercial film. Even the commercial films of other directors tend to add to their cannon, a director's style normally permeates even their worst films. The film fails primarily because Salvador forgets that his main tool is the camera. In his previous films, Salvador showed himself adept at using camera angles and compositions to convey meaning. But in Mga Batang Yagit, the camera shoots and moves without apparent reason. For example, Salvador moves from long shot to medium shot without changing the angle and without any motivation from dialogue. If the camera is a director's brush, then Mga Batang Yagit is a child's drawing, not an artist's painting. Aside from the logical screenplay, there are some elements in the film worth noting. One is a sequence involving Austria and Ilagan at the beginning of the film. Here, Austria and Ilagan engage in a free-wheeling conversation. The sequence succeeds because it is the only one in the entire film that is not melodramatic. The other is Beth Bautista's acting in one of her best short roles as Flor. By refusing to take anything seriously, Bautista infuses the screen with lightheadedness, clearly welcome in the midst of all that crying. Jay Ilagan is excellent as expected although Bembol Roco is better in his role. Santos is adequate, although not of the same caliber as Austria. Fernando, sad to say has done better films.
Directed By: Leroy Salvador
Screenplay: Orlando Nadres
Inspired By Jose Miranda Cruz T.V. Series
Director Of Photography: Rody Lacap
Musical Director: Pablo Vergara
Film Editor: Ike Jarlego, Jr.
Production Designer: Benjie de Guzman
Produced By: Viva Films
Release Date: September 11, 1984
Yagit theme song from Mga Batang Yagit performed by Magnolia Sabas
In Memory of Ike Jarlego, Jr. May 3, 1944 - August 24, 2012