Rumble Fish Tulsa / La Tulsa de “Rumble Fish”

Rumble Fish Tulsa Downtown

Rumble Fish Tulsa Downtown

My take on Cain’s ballroom and downtown buildings, Tulsa, Oklahoma (2012).

(Versión en castellano sigue más abajo). Displaced many years ago by Oklahoma City, Tulsa is no longer the most important city in the great state of Oklahoma. Tulsa has been relegated to a second place, if even. And yet, Tulsa (also known as “T-town”) enjoys a sort of vitality and vibrancy that Oklahoma City has not been able to emulate. That vitality is depicted in the explosive novels of contemporary author S.E. Hinton and the 1983 movie”Rumble Fish” by American film director Francis Ford Coppola. Both, the novel by Hinton and Coppola’s “Rumble Fish” deal with the street gang issues in Tulsa, a problem that it is still alive and kicking. A city oozes life when both light and shadows coexist, when the the city is imbued with reality, a powerful yet ordinary reality. Tulsa town began with the oil boom of the early 20th century and since then it still has a reputation of oil town. Its buildings show an unlikely blend of Art Deco, European and American Western styles. Refinement shakes hand with tackiness and the bizarre. Today, money doesn’t flow to Tulsa as much as it does to the estate capital . Luckily, though, Tulsa combines ying and yang. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, is nothing but a sanitized version of a real city, a swagger-less place, a preamble to Heaven itself. Amen *

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Cain’s ballroom and downtown buildings as portrayed by Ford Coppola’s movie “Rumble Fish”, Tulsa, Oklahoma (1983).

Desplazada hace años por Oklahoma City del rol de ciudad más popular e importante del estado, Tulsa ha quedado relegada a un papel segundón. Y, sin embargo, Tulsa (conocida también como “T-town” ) goza de una vitalidad que Oklahoma City no alcanza a emular. Esa vitalidad se refleja en las explosivas novelas contemporáneas de S.E. Hinton y en la película “Rumble Fish” del director norteamericano Francis Ford Coppola. La película de Coppola y la novela de Hinton tocan el tema de las bandas juveniles callejeras de Tulsa, un problema muy arraigado. La vitalidad de una ciudad parece radicar en esa yuxtaposición de luz y de sombra, la manifestación de una realidad poderosa y ordinaria a la vez. Tulsa nació del boom petrolero de principios del siglo XX y le ha sido difícil salir de esa reputación de ciudad petrolera. La arquitectura de la ciudad es un mezcla improbable de estilos Art Deco, europeos y del nuevo oeste americano. Lo refinado se une con lo cursi y lo estrambótico. Hoy por hoy, T-town cuenta con menos recursos económicos que la capital de Oklahoma. Afortunadamente, Tulsa combina ying y yang. Oklahoma City, por su parte, es una versión desinfectada de ciudad, el preámbulo del mismo cielo, pura luz celestial. Amén *

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