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From Madrid to cine (by Martín Patino)

An exhibition covers the recent history of the capital through films of the deceased director in August

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From Madrid to cine (by Martín Patino)
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"I notice him alive in his work." "I feel it's here." Bent Pillar, widow of film director Basilio Martín Patino, has been excited to recall atypical filmmaker Salamanca — who died on 13 August, at 86 years — in presentation this morning of an exhibition that pays homage to a difficult author of Classify for ir creative freedom and rebellion. Basilio Martín Patino. Madrid, breakwater of all Spains, in Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa, draws a tour of 80 years in history of capital of Spain, from Second Republic to movement of 15 m (in 2011), weaving with films and documentaries in That filmmaker gave prominence to "a city with which he maintained a love story and in which he overturned his sensibility," said Commissioner Olivia Maria Rubio.

"Madrid is an open city by nature, alive, dynamic, diverse, cumulative, never emotional." The definition is by Martín Patino, who emphasized that in corners of town and court "continue to mix ethnic vestiges and inequalities that testify about tolerance, acceptance and respect for all forms of existence." Some of se corners are evocative gaze of short walk through signs of Madrid, of 1968, its first cinematographic approximation to Madrid and that can be seen at beginning of journey, in space dedicated to Second Republic.

The Civil War is addressed with publications such as The Illustrated Weekly pictorial World, abundant photographic material (Martín Patino possessed an extraordinary collection) and fragments of Caudillo, documentary that, with historical images, tells Ascension Franco's military to become head of state. This film was his response "against that terror of a dictatorship originated in brute force," he declared to EL PAÍS in 1985. Also exhibited are images of Madrid (1987), a feature film in which through different voices is remembered Madrid of bombs and defeat. A Madrid to which Antonio Machado dedicated poem that includes in one of his verses title of this exhibition, which will remain open until January 14.

Born in Lumbrales (Salamanca), in 1930, Martín Patino studied philosophy and letters in Salamanca. In 1955, he organized conversations of Salamanca, a milestone that brought toger young people of new Spanish cinema, of different tendencies: José Luis Borau, Mario Camus, Carlos Saura ... and himself. It was shortly reafter, after graduating in 1960 at film school, when he began a career in fiction films in which he interspersed real images and documentaries with fictional notes. He did not receive any Goya award, nor National cinematography despite awards in festivals in and out of Spain, "but he had affection of public," declared his widow, again excited to remember when y met at a carnival dance of Circle of Fine Arts and 30 years y shared.

Post-war Spain is represented in this exhibition — an assembly of Basilio Martín Patino Foundation and factory — with objects such as a ration card and photos of members of Blue division, future king Juan Carlos and a society of pilgrimages and Processions. In this section you can hear songs for after a war (1971), from Falangist face to sun we have already passed!, chotis that sang Celia Gámez as a mockery of winners will not pass! Of locals besieged by Franco's troops. A film that, like ors in Patino, had serious problems with censorship and was not released until after dictator's death.

Photos of demonstrations for murder of Labour lawyers of Atocha, in January 1977, or against coup attempt of 23-F of 1981 dominate area dedicated to transition. To conclude, section of democracy, is focused on what was his last film, Free I Love You (2012), dedicated to movement of 15 m, thousands of young people who camped for weeks in Puerta del Sol in demand for improvements in system and that motivated him to Retake camera, after having withdrawn in 2002 ("How lucky I have seen this with 81 years"). Along with projection of documentary that filmmaker made from 25 hours of recording, photographs of many t-shirts of time are shown with vindicating messages, some with humor: "They are stealing us above our possibilities".

Homage and book

The exhibition Basilio Martín Patino. Madrid, breakwater of all Spains will count in its inauguration, on October 31, with a homage to filmmaker Salamanca in which will participate, among ors, directors Montxo Armendáriz and José Luis García Sánchez, director of Seminci, Javier Angulo; The singer Amancio Prada, writer Fanny Rubio and director of Instituto Cervantes in Lisbon, Javier Rioyo. In addition, factory has published a book that includes three texts by Martín Patino and six essays by experts on life and work of director.

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