Cinema

Yes, most movies seek to entertain. Then there is Cinema, thankfully.

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A replica of the robot from the film “Metropolis” by  Fritz Lang. LACMA museum, Los Angeles, California (2015)

Do you go to the movies to be entertained or to get your thinking neurons going? Growing  up in a western country and being a child of the 20th century, movies were an essential part of my modernity. It was a time when the immediacy of Netflix or the Internet did not exist.  It was a time when television screens were highly pixelated and in black-and-white. Actually getting your butt off the couch, going to the movie theater and watching images projected on a silver screen, in full definition, in total darkness and surrounded by complete strangers, was indeed quite an occasion. Sort of a revelation, I realized -after many movie outings and thanks to the eye opening influence of certain friends- that films can go and often do go beyond entertainment: they can be philosophical, they can awake feelings, they can teach us something or they can just be beautiful, the same way a flower or a mountain  can be beautiful.  Food for the soul, in other words. Only after this realization, can one truly love Cinema *

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 Piedmont movie theater, Piedmont, near Oakland (2015)

Vas al cine por mero entretenimiento o vas para reflexionar? Habiendo crecido en un país occidental y como buen hijo del siglo 20, las películas fueron parte esencial de mi moderninad. Era una época en la que no existía la inmediatez de Netflix o de la Internet. Era una época en la que la televisión venía a blanco y negro y una pantalla terriblemente pixelada. Así que mover el trasero y salir del mueble, llegarse hasta el teatro y ver la proyección de unas imágenes de alta definición sobre una pantallada plateada, en oscuridad total y rodeado de completo extraños , era per se todo un acontecimiento. Como en una revelación me di cuenta, después de muchas salidas al cine y bajo la influencia enriquecedora de ciertos amigos, que  las películas pueden ir más allá del entretenimiento: pueden ser filosóficas, pueden crear un estado de ánimo, pueden enseñarnos algo o quizás simplemente sean bellas de la misma manera que una flor o una montaña son bellas. En otras palabras: alimento para el espíritu. Solo después de reconocer esto es que podemos apreciar el cine de arte*

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Japanese movie poster from the 40’s. This clandestine picture was snapped at the National Film Center, Tokyo (2013)

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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