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, a, 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 the liberals of this country cultureta as 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 practicing as commentator film (usually negative connotation of the word "critical" I do not like and skip ground use). In short: you or good friends (but very good huh?) Or are unfailingly destined not eat a torrao, no matter how talented you to gut a movie at first glance or be writing the same fucking reincarnation of Cervantes. The usual around here, come on. And the issue of respect better not talk.

Good written biography Pumares Carlos, whom he met during moments of glory 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 of friends he believed, even in part be because of him. 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, he taught us to love every morning cinema. Juan José Iván Reguera and Carlos Aparicio Pumares inquire with a cry in the night in the figure of this exceptional character, in good cover of mystery to those who know him personally.

And I must say that they have left the mess gracefully, without equivocation. His book, based on structured interviews conducted Pumares own and who had any contact with him (friends, colleagues and even loyal listeners) is very readable and read almost in one sitting. But best of all is that, ironically, the real star of the book is not Pumares. The authors go further and take advantage of interviews to sound detail developments in recent decades, the media landscape confinement Spaniards. Conclusions can not be more disappointing: not only have not progressed since the days of the transition, but in some ways are arguably on 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" outside the first line of the mass media for years, needless to say 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 interviews works and gives the necessary vivacity to the texts, which 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 unwittingly, yet reading invites us to think, to reflect. On a unique and irreplaceable character as Carlos Pumares. About the film. But also about much more profound and important things that, most of the time, not much repair.

Access the videoblog where PUMARES CARLOS SPEAKING true to form.

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Posted by Leo / Filed in: Cinema


  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 screaming anti-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 @ 26 July 2008 11:43  

    [...] Film affairs'm a bit like Carlos Pumares worshiped never enough: if you like a movie I'm perfectly capable of it several times in a relatively short time [...]

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