Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine)

Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine)  {Miradas Múltiples, la máquina loca}
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Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine)
Miradas Múltiples, la máquina loca
Mexico, 2012, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Spain
US Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Latino
Program: True Stories
Language: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese English Sub-Titles

The mesmerizing images of Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-97) catalyze a fascinating master class in cinematographic philosophy in this gorgeous-looking, experimental documentary. Alternating glowing black-and-white excerpts from films shot by Figueroa with sharply composed, sensitively stylized talking-head interviews with 40 cameramen from different countries and generations, director Emilio Maillé brings front and center men more used to being behind the lens and finds them, in most cases, highly capable of articulating their craft.

Revered for the great beauty and complexity of his cinematography, Figueroa had a long career in his homeland and Hollywood, working for top-drawer directors including Luis Bunuel, Emilio Fernandez, John Ford and John Huston. He shot more than 200 films, although here Maille draws solely on his Mexican films from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

The cinematographers discuss a wide range of topics, including the portrayal of emotion through faces; the expressionist terrain of black-and-white; monochrome vs. color; and the future of cinematography in a digital age.

Director Emilio Maillé expected to attend both screenings

DIRECTOR: Emilio Maillé
Producer: Mónica Lozano, Gustavo Angel
Editor: Octavio Iturbe
Screenwriter: Emilio Maillé
Cinematographer: Diego Rodriguez, Jean Gabriel Leynaud
Music: Michael Nyman, Manuel Rocha Iturbide
Principal Cast: Darius Khondji, Javier Aguirresarobe, Anthony Dod Mantle, Vittorio Storaro, Christopher Doyle, Giuseppe Rotunno, Haskell Wexler, Janusz Kasminski, Raoul Coutard
Filmography: Rosario Tijeras (2005), Un Bunuel Mexican (1997)
Print Source: El Caiman -

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