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El ciego de la aldea (1907)

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film is quite an achievement
1 August 2002 | by (St Andrews, Scotland (U.K.)) – See all my reviews

The copy of this film in the Madrid Filmoteca is probably not complete, but the film shows Garcia Cardona's cinematographic awareness and technical progress. The copy is 11 minutes long but none the less makes a coherent narrative. The camera is static and uses long takes although close-ups are inserted. At times the camera is positioned on a diagonal to avoid the right-angle look, and it there are some slight pans. It is filmed on four outside locations and in one interior (a painted set). It is an early example of the rural melodramas that were going to be popular in Spain, with situations that Bunuel will enjoy subverting. The outside locations have probably not been modified and therefore present an interesting reflection of the rural Spain around Valencia. The blind man of the title is not central character of the narrative, a nice twist.

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