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Cita, La. [The date]

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Eloy González Gavilán

Description:

El filme muestra a una mujer esperando en su casa, tocando música, leyendo y acordando por el teléfono verse con alguien. Ella ve a una amiga y le dice que su novio, un hombre llamado Javier, está fuera de la ciudad por negocios. Primero van a una feria y después a un bar llamado El Pez Rojo, donde escuchan a una banda en vivo y toman algunos tragos, eventualmente ven que Javier está ahí bailando con otra mujer. Se van y Javier se queda bailando, después aparecen diversas imágenes de letreros de clubes nocturnos. Después se ve Javier manejando por la mañana con la otra mujer y deteniéndose a fumar un cigarro mientras es visto por su novia y su amiga. Mientras la pareja discute, la amiga de la primera mujer golpea a Javier en la cabeza con un arma. Después el filme corta a una escena de la primera mujer despertando y abriendo la puerta a sus amigas, mismas que reclaman haberla esperado demasiado, a lo que responde que se quedó atrapada por una historia que estaba leyendo, implicando que todo había sido producto de su imaginación.

The film shows a woman waiting in her house, playing music, reading and agreeing to see someone over the phone. She meets with a friend and tells her that her boyfriend, a man named Javier, is out of town on business. They first go to the fair and then to a bar called El Pez Rojo [The Red Fish] where they listen to a live band and have drinks, eventually they see that Javier is there dancing with another woman. They leave and Javier keeps dancing, then a series of images of several night clubs signs appear. Javier is then seen driving in the morning with the woman and stopping to smoke a cigar, where he is seen by his girlfriend and her friend. While the couple fights, the friend of the first woman hits Javier in the head with a gun. Then we see the woman waking up and opening the door to her friends who claim that she has kept them waiting for too long, and she says she got caught up in the story of the book she was reading, implying it was all a product of her imagination.


Canary Islands

Date produced: 1953

Filmmaker(s):

A. I. Willinsky

Description:

"Item is a film of Dr. Willinsky's trip to the Canary Islands with his wife, Sadie. In the form of a travelogue, music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary accompanies footage of the landscape, architecture, and local population. Included are shots of the local population carrying out their daily activities, children dressed in costume for Ash Wednesday festivities, markets, and traditional dances. Sadie is occassionally spotted sight-seeing and visiting with locals." Ontario Jewish Archives.


Hermanas, Las [The sisters]

Date produced: 1971

Filmmaker(s):

David Celestinos

Description:

"Celestinos filmó la cinta en una vieja casa de Chimalistac, al sur de la Ciudad de México. Según la historia en ella habitan dos hermanas que viven un encierro real y metafórico a causa de su sexualidad reprimida. Las primeras imágenes de la película muestran a una de ellas vestida de novia, mientras que otra lleva la cola del vestido. La escena da pie a un erotismo doloroso: una de ellas se acaricia para que la cámara muestre en close up sus lágrimas. Un flash back nos muestra la causa: el momento de su infancia en que una monja de visita en la casa le dio manotazos por haberle mostrado una imagen de una mujer desnuda que encontró por casualidad. El personaje busca liberación. (...) La otra hermana también busca salir de la casa (emblema del ámbito doméstico familiar), y encontrar su libertad sexual" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012)

"Celestinos filmed the tape in an old house in Chimalistac, south of Mexico City. According to the story, the house is inhabited by two sisters that live in a real and metaphorical confinement because of their repressed sexuality. The first images of the film show one of them dressed as a bride, while the other carries the tail of the dress. The scene is followed by a painful erotism: one of the caresses herself to make the camera show her tears in close up. A flash back shows the cause: the moment of her childhood when a nun hits her hands because she showed her a picture of a naked woman that she found by chance. The character seeks liberation. (...) The other sister is also looking forward to leave the house (emblem of the familial domestic scope), and to find her sexual freedom" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012)


Hawaiian Paradise [1966]

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"2 part edited travel footage taken in numerous Hawaiian locations. Focuses on events and people as well as the natural scenery. Includes traditional dancing, a festival and a visit to an aquarium as well as religious locations." Chicago Film Archives.


Medieval Rothenburg

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Alfred Strode

Description:

Travelogue of Rothenburg, Germany.


Landfalls of the Caribbean and Primitive Surinam

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Floyd Henry Wells

Description:

Edited film "chronicling travel through the Caribbean including scenic landscapes, cities and villages, dance, local markets and fishing. Wells travelled on the M/s Stella Maris II. Locations filmed include Puerto Rico, Saba St. Kits, Gaudelupe, St. Lucia, Barbados, Paramaribo, Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Vincent, Dominica, Martinique, Fortress of San Felikpe Del Morrow (San Juan), For Christianvaern, Fort Fleur depee XVIII siecle, and Sam Lord's Castle," Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum.


Polynesian Adventure: Tahiti and Moorea

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Floyd Henry Wells

Description:

Edited film "chronicling travel through Tahiti and Mo'orea including scenic landscapes, aerial views, harbor scenes, resorts, local flora, markets, underwater scenes, dance and storytelling," Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum.


Polychrome Fantasy

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Norman McLaren

Description:

"Dancers move in front of a background made up of crystal formations filmed through a microscope. One of Norman McLaren’s first experimental films." Library and Archives Canada.


Camera Makes Whoopee

Date produced: 1936

Filmmaker(s):

Norman McLaren

Violet Anderson

William J. MacLean

Description:

"The Annual Fancy Dress Ball at Glasgow School of Art: 'Something New Under the Sun'. Includes two ballets, 'Hungarian' and 'Machine Age' and animated sequences." National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.


Steam Ballet

Date produced: 1968

Filmmaker(s):

John Straiton

Description:

"Those sensual machines, steam tractors, reveal a remarkable ability to perform to music." Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.


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