The intermittences of memory


Homenaje a personalidades del cine argentino was presented among the editions of the new books of the Festival; it compiles texts of well known artists of the local scene in order to remember and revalue icons of the national cinema, as an exercise in favor of remembrance. 

Apart from the fact that this same day was the 100th anniversary of the Argentine director Julio Porter’s birth, the idea of José Martínez Suárez along with Fernando Martín Peña exceeded all possible anniversary. The real sense of the meeting and the launching of Homenaje a personalidades del cine argentino was restraining the progression of forgetfulness of directors, actors and personalities of our cinema.  That is to say, to celebrate for the mere fact of remembering, of bringing them to the present for their intrinsic value, instead of commemorating a date in particular. 

 "People only die when the last person who remembers them disappear”, expressed Martínez Suárez, in his introduction to the meeting. Through an exercise of memory and affection, the texts written especially for this book – whose authors are Fernando Peña, Raúl Manrupe, Mario Gallina, Luis Porter, Amelia Bence, Daniel López and Natalia Taccetta-, explore wonderful stories, special anecdotes and remarks about historical features. 
 
The authors explained their approaches to the chapters, in which each of them wrote about a personality of our dear cinema. And all of them contributed with their singularity in the different types of writing. 

Mario Gallina – historian and investigator of Argentine cinema and theater- wrote the article "El paradigma de los actores argentinos”, exclusively dedicated to Alfredo Alcón. His discovery, his work in films like Nazareno Cruz y el lobo or Piel de verano, and the recognition of an actor who is one of the referents of the national filmography. 

Luis Porter –the outstanding son of the director of the same name-, wrote the article about his father. "He was a diverse person. The memory I have of him is through the people who were in my house”, tells Porter. Discépolo, Diana Maggi, Lucas Demare, are some of the names that appeared with the memory. 

According to Porter, the material produced by his father is in danger of extinction; there’s very little information in the social networks, thus this book is a good opportunity to vindicate him and show a kind of biography through his work. 
Raúl Manrupe – presented by Peña as an "urban archeologist”, an investigator of cinema- addressed the life and work of the playwright Agustín Cuzzani. "He worked in films of great humanism. He was a figure of theater, but also a multimedia artist”, expressed Manrupe. And he also regretted the feeling of invisibility and the possible disappearance of the works and of the memory of these celebrated people.  

Peña, on his part, explained that the book doesn’t intend to be exhaustive, because it would be impossible to cover everything. "Life can’t be summarized, but we may dare to search where we don’t usually do it”. The central idea of the publication –edited along with Luis Omaechea- is posed as a ludic content, an intertextual game among writings, illustrations and photographs. "There are images not recognized, little seen, obtained thanks to the Film Museum”. To continue with the memory, the public was invited to watch the films that belong to the homage cycle, in which two features will be screened a day at Mar Museum, free of charge. 

Ezequiel Vega

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