Alfred Hitchcock and his irreverent words

What do you think if we pry again about cinema of yesterday? Of course you think it is a good idea!

Today we bring some words said by the so-called “Magician of suspense” during the decade of the 50th of the last century.

During the San Sebastian Festival the Master gave free reins to his demons revealing some “secrets” of his profession.

He said things as “I kill with humor, I am diplomatic and I have good memory”. The press which followed him took notes without stopping and at that moment the producer commented: “My best film is “The shadow of doubt”, although I have to tell that I am satisfied with none of my works till now”.

He also said: “When I begin to record all the problems are already solved. Before the cameras star working I have delayed at least 6 months in the preparation of the film. I myself draw in paper each scene, in this way the cameraman has the exact idea of situations and distances”.

Alfred Hitchcock and his irreverent words

About suspense gender, which has distinguished him as it is known, he commented: To get it I proceed in an absolutely opposite manner to the one that it is always get used to. I care, before, about the details that will provoke that sensation of curiosity or surprise in the audience. Later I apply each detail to the character and in accordance with the reaction I continue, always concerned about that his attitude seems natural”.

About the terrifying censure Alfred Hitchcock did not have obstacles in saying: “I have never had difficulties due to the censure. Any conflict or situation can be shown in the cinema, if it is always managed with good taste. When I gave the script of “Vertigo” it was given back to me with 5 pages of objections and I paid attention to none of them”.


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“The Man of Maisinicú" turns 45 years

With a photographic exhibition that contains the preparations, the shooting and scenes of the Cuban movie “The man of Maisinicú”, the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry (ICAIC) pay tribute to the now anthological feature film directed by Manuel Pérez Paredes.

The wide lobby of the Chaplin room serves as a base to this exhibition which opened its doors since August 15th.

For a daughter it results hugely emotive to direct a documental in honor of her father. That is the case of “Sergio Corrieri, beyond of Maisinicú”, which was made by Luisa Marisy, evoking the figure of the respected actor Sergio Corrieri, releasing little-known facets of his life and covering trajectories like interpreter, poet, functionary and founder of the Escambray Theater Group.

Besides of play the leading role in “The Man of Maisinicú”, embodying Alberto Delgado, who managed to infiltrate himself into the counterrevolutionary bands that use to devastate the Escambray zone, and he leaded another indispensable movie of ours: “Memories of Underdevelopment” (1968), directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

The documental collects, by means of chapters, the testimonies of many of his friends, families and colleagues, supported in texts of his poems.
“Cuba 58”, “I am Cuba”, “Uprooting”, “As the life itself, “The absence” and “Black River”, they are among the movies where Corrieri participated.

In 1975 he embodied the Cuban the young anti-imperialist fighter Julio Antonio Mella, under the baton of Enrique Pineda Barnet. This was the first Cuban color film revealed and printed in our country.

The curatorship and also the museography of the exhibition were carried out by the specialist Jorge Frómeta.

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Shark Movie Hoards U.S. Blockbuster

Shark thriller The Meg, directed by Jon Turteltaub, is today topping the box office in the United States, where it surpassed 44.5 million dollars in its opening weekend.

The film, a U.S.-China co-production, also raised more than 141 million dollars in its international debut, above expectations, according to the production companies.

Starring British actor Jason Statham, the film is based on the book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by American writer Steve Alten, and tells the story of scientists who travel in a submersible and try to prevent a giant shark believed to be extinct from causing destruction.

The cast of The Meg is completed by actors Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis.

According to official counts in second place is the sixth issue of Mission Impossible: Fallout, starring Tom Cruise, followed by the comedy BlacKkKlansman by director Spike Lee.

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Gibara International Film Festival Links Several Arts in Cuba (+Photos)

Gibara, Cuba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Gibara International Film Festival (FIC Gibara), Jorge Perugorria, reiterated his commitment to the continuity of Humberto Solas' work by inaugurating the event that interweaves various arts today.

Gibara or The White Crab Village, as it is also known, is located on the northeast coast of the island, 764 kilometers from Havana.

During the first gala, held at the local Jiba cinema, the Lucia de Honor Awards were given to Cuban actors Mirta Ibarra and Salvador Wood, and to filmmaker Enrique Pineda Barnet, for their life-long work.

The companies Acosta Danza and Codanza enriched with their choreographies the opening ceremony of the event, where tribute was also paid to the founder of the event, who passed away, with the screening of the documentary Humberto Solas: virtuosity and excellence, by the director Manuel Jorge.

Dedicated to childhood and adolescence, this edition features exhibitions by UNICEF, the Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) and community actions by the Latin American and Caribbean Platform for the Audiovisual Universe of Children and Adolescents (UNIAL).

Projections of the classic Memoirs of Underdevelopment and Lucia by Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Humberto Solas, respectively, and performances by Benicio del Toro of Terry Gilliam's films Fear and Disgust in Las Vegas, and The Shape of Water, which won four Oscars, are among the most eagerly awaited.

Other proposals for the festival include a concert in homage to the Argentine director Eliseo Subiela, with the soundtrack of his film The Dark Side of the Heart; talks with the awardees of the 2018 Lucia of Honour; panels on gender and audiovisuals in childhood and adolescence; and the exhibition Retrospective, by the plastic artist Cosme Proenza.

The House of Culture of Gibara has already hosted a panel entitled S.O.S. Heritage: Resilience and Integrity and the opening of the exhibition entitled Nocturnal: Movie Posters.

One of the best theatre productions in the country at the moment came here from Osvaldo Doimeadios, who directed the actresses Venice Feria and Andrea Doimeadios, the latest winner of the Aquelarre 2017 Screenplay Award for this work.

The screening of the films Sergio & Serguei, co-produced by Spain, Cuba and the United States by Ernesto Daranas, and 25 hours, a US-Cuba co-production by Carlos Barba, are also among the proposals for the upcoming days of Jiba cinema.

The audience is also waiting for the concerts of Cuban singer-songwriters Polito Ibañez, Raul Paz and David Torrenz, in the Plaza da Silva, where they will alternate with Pancho Cespedes and Sintesis.

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Gibara International Film Festival Begins in Cuba

Havana, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) A concert by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez will open today the 14th Gibara International Film Festival, which will be held until July 7 in that city in the eastern province of Holguin.

The performance of the Nueva Trova Movement's founder, together with Noel Nicola and Pablo Milanes, will take place at the Plaza Da Silva of that town.

More than 40 films will compete in the event, which on this occasion is dedicated to children and adolescents.

The selection committee chose in this edition 25 works of fiction between long and short films, 16 documentaries and three animations, with a greater presence of movies coming from Europe and Latin America.

According to the President of the Festival, actor Jorge Perugorria, the proposals stand out for their variety and quality.

The rest of the program of the event is completed by theoretical spaces, conferences, concerts and exhibitions.

There will be also a special presentation of the film 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas', a 20-year-old classic starred by Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro and Johnny Depp.

Other guests at the festival will be Mexican actor and director Demian Bichir, Spanish filmmaker Felix Viscarret, and Cuban actress Ana de Armas.

During the event, the Lucia de Honor award will be granted to three major Cuban film artists: filmmaker Enrique Pineda Barnet, and the actors Mirtha Ibarra and Salvador Wood.

In addition, a tribute will be paid to the late filmmaker Humberto Solas, festival manager.

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Argentine Film Week This Summer in Cuba

Havana, June 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) announces today, as part of its summer program, a week of Argentine cinema from July 11 to 15.

The first room of the Multicine Infanta, in the capital, will host a series of five current films, covering a wide range of themes and directed by young directors.

According to the program of the event, the works planned to be screened are the hilarious film I Married an idiot, written by Pablo Solarz and director Juan Taratuto, which achieved several audience records in Argentina.

The comedy genre will also be screened in Ariel Winograd's Mama went on a trip, starring Diego Peretti as the manager of a department store and family man; and Carla Peterson, a housewife who takes care of the myriad details of everyday life.

Other films on the bill include Sergio Bizzio's Bomba and Benavidez's Pouch, a fantastic work co-written and directed by Laura Casabe based on a story by Samanta Schweblin, an Argentine author who has won prizes such as the Casa de las Americas in 2008 and the Juan Rulfo in 2012.

Among the stars of this film are two multi-award winners: Jorge Marrale and Norma Aleandro, the first Argentine actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

But this will not be the only option to enjoy Argentine audiovisuals in Cuba during the summer, as ICAIC also announces a cycle of homage to Argentine actor Ricardo Darin, whose performances offer plenty of evidences of versatility.

The event will take place at the Multicine Infanta, from August 22nd to 26th, and at the Glauber Rocha Hall, from August 29th to September 2nd, and will include the performance of Truman, The Son of the Bride, Moon of Avellaneda, The Elephant Bench and The Secret in Their Eyes.

Likewise, the series entitled En la Gran Escena (In the Great Scene), from July 18th to 29th, at the Multicine Infanta, will include the exhibition of the show Lutherapia, by the Argentine humor group Les Luthiers, very popular in Latin America.

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German Film Week to Be Held in Cuba

Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The German Film Week, scheduled from July 3 to 8, will begin in this capital with the exhibition of the trilogy ''In the Middle of Germany: NSU'', according to its organizers. The film narrates from three different perspectives: authors, victims and researchers, the events that occurred in the European country after the emergence of the neo-Nazi group National Sozialistischer Untergrund (NSU) in the former German Democratic Republic.

As explained at a press conference by the German cultural attaché, Andreas Achiekofer, very good film options will also be exhibited for the Cuban public, which is very educated and knowledgeable.

He also said that they are feature films shown at international festivals and focused on migration, a key issue for German society.

'It is a hard bread, but of great importance,' said Achiekofer, using a German saying.

Among the exhibition, there will be movies such as the comedy 'Boulevard Schönefeld' (2014), 'Death to the hippies! Long live Punk!' (2015), 'Casting' (2017) and the drama 'Dreamed Road' (2016), the latter focused on the migration of neighboring Greece that also lives this reality.

23 y 12 cinema, located in the capital's Vedado, will host the German film festival that annually arrives in Havana as a bridge of exchange of knowledge between filmmakers and the amateur public of the seventh art.

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European Film Festival in Cuba to Screen 18 Films from 16 Countries

The third European Film Festival in Cuba will show, from June 5 to 17, in this capital, 18 films from 16 countries of the so-called old continent, organizers of the event announced today.

The programmer of the Cinematheque of Cuba, Antonio Mazón, commented in a press conference the presentation of 14 fiction feature films, a documentary and three co-productions made by Latin American filmmakers that would have been impossible without the contribution of European companies.

Most of the works are premieres in Cuba and can be seen at three venues: 23 y 12 cinema, Multicine Infanta and the Center for the interpretation of Cuba-Europe cultural relations, located at the Palacio del Segundo Cabo.

According to Mazón, the films come from member states of the European Union such as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Italy, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

Among the titles on the program are works recognized in international festivals such as The Emigrants, Different Worlds, Notes on Blindness, Magical Mystery, Rosita, Beautiful Youth and Winter.

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