War and social status/symbol is the main theme of Oro, Plata, Mata or Gold, Silver, Bad Luck. The film was set during the time on where the Philippines was a colony of Japan, this was also the time on where the war also erupted around the world.
Going on now with the technical aspect of the film, the production of the film, from the setting up to the smallest details of the wardrobe, totally matched with the era that the story’s pertaining to. The whole set truly gave a vintage mood to the film. Though, maybe being it a film of the 1980s, the cinematography is not that clear yet, however, giving focus on which point of view’s is which became evident in the film due to the focusing of the faces of the characters.
In this film it is also evident that the point of view that was used was a point of view of a person who’s in a position or in the higher class of the society, first reason for this was that it was about two families who can really provide things for themselves. But, even though it was the point of view of the film, the good thing that happened here was that their story became the central tension of the whole story, the rise and fall of the different characters paved way for the story’s rise and fall as well.
The connection of the characters and how the story’s pacing is really direct, and in connection with this what can catch a viewer’s attention is that how the characters move is like a normal Filipino, be them a part of the elite class or the normal class. The perception on women and men was so evident here, the hierarchy, religion, beliefs, as well as the survival were also shown. And the good thing here was that the film did not just show some symbolisms that were applicable during those times, but also the film showed some symbolisms and even practices that are still strong this present time.
According to some researches, Oro, Plata, Mata is considered as one of the most significant contributions to the Philippine Cinema, for it showed a good representation of one of the highlights of the Philippine History and Culture. The overall theme of the film on how the lines were written, and how the artists gave life to their characters up to the how each setting/each house connected to the flow of the film truly became a big impact for the film to be treated not just as a simple film about history, but everyone may always consider it as a part of the Philippine’s greatest artworks about its history and culture.