Carlos Pumares: A cry in the night

Thursday March 6, 2008

Carlos Pumares: A Cry in the Night (2007)
Authors: Ivan and Juan José Aparicio Reguera
Editorial University Club

pumares1.jpg I think we are many who think that Carlos Pumares is the guy who knows more about film in Spain. His eventful life is a clear demonstration, more of how different may be the path of a person for the time and country in which touch his lot to live: in places so hated by liberals cultureta of this country as the USA, Guys like Leonard Maltin and Roger Ebert are admired and full of honors. In Spain, however, it is virtually impossible to even afford a pack of gum film working as a commentator (usually the negative connotation of the word "critical" I do not like and omit ground use). In short: either you have very good friends (but very good huh?) Or are unfailingly destined not eat a torrao, no matter how talented you have to gut a movie at first glance or writing be the same reincarnation of fucking Cervantes. The usual around here, come on. And better theme let alone respect.

Good written biography of Carlos Pumares who met moments of glory during the 80 missing in Antena 3 Radio (nothing to do with the TV station, eye) and now lives forgotten and even ousted was missing for some he thought of friends, although it is partly your fault. His disparaging appearances on "freak trash" as The Martian Chronicles have made ​​him a caricature, with nothing to do with the man illustrated that despite his temper and his outbursts, taught us to love every morning cinema. Juan José Iván Reguera and Carlos Aparicio Pumares inquire with a cry in the night the figure of this great character in good cover of mystery to those who know him personally.

And I must say that they have come out of the mess gracefully, without equivocation. His book, based on structured interviews conducted Pumares own and who had contact with him (friends, colleagues and even devoted listeners) is very entertaining and reads almost flip. But best of all is that, ironically, the real star of the book is not Pumares. The authors go further and take advantage of detailed interviews to sound evolution, in recent decades, the media landscape confinement Spaniards. The conclusions can not be more disappointing: not only have made no progress since the time of the transition, but in some ways arguably are at par or even worse than under Franco, plain. Particularly enlightening are the opinions of two giants, two journalists from the truth such as José Luis Balbin and Manuel Martin Ferrand , both accidentally "parked" off the first line of the media for years, it goes without saying why.

Overall, the book is very good and it seems incredible that the authors have had to slog, pun intended, to find a publisher to publish it. The structure-based interviewing works and gives the necessary liveliness to the texts that are read and understood quickly but at the same time provide the necessary "slow digestion" that a book like this has to provide. Because one actually reads almost inadvertently yet reading invites us to think, to reflect. On a unique and irreplaceable character as Carlos Pumares. About cinema. But also about much more profound and important things that, most of the time, do not repair much.

Access the videoblog where CARLOS PUMARES TALKING true to form.

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  1. Posted by IVAN REGUERA @ 12 Mar 2008 19:24  

    THANKS FOR THE REVIEW, RED LORD! Damn, it seems Tarantino ...

  2. Posted by Luis @ 12 Mar 2008 19:53  

    Wow, I see that it has not worked the anti-loud plugin. What the hell, scream all you want Mr. Reguera, and welcome to this humble abode of rock and roll (and some movies, of course)

  3. Posted by In the Name of the Father - Computer Age July 26, 2008 @ 11:43  

    [...] Film matters a bit like I never loved enough Carlos Pumares: If I like a movie I'm perfectly able to see it several times in a relatively short time [...]

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