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Guernica (1951)

| Short | 1951 (Italy)
On April 26 1937 the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed without warning by the German aviation. Two thousand people, all civilians, got killed. Like millions all over the world, Pablo... See full summary »

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On April 26 1937 the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed without warning by the German aviation. Two thousand people, all civilians, got killed. Like millions all over the world, Pablo Picasso was shocked and he translated his emotion into a magnificent but terrifying picture bearing the name of the martyred city. This film does not only comment on the painting, it also gives it a new life through frantic camera and sound effects. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Dull and Unsatisfying
3 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an odd little thing. It's a poem - not one I was particularly impressed by - over a bunch of images from various Picasso paintings. The images doesn't really do much for the poem, the poem doesn't do much for the paintings, and the paintings themselves fail to create any sort of narrative, either of the painting or of the event it was inspired by. Alain went on to make absolutely brilliant films, yet this one is both artsy yet artless. It's also a black and white film that features a lot of paintings that I suspect were originally in color.

Honestly, I think you could get a more interesting film by simply letting the camera rove over Guernica. I've never been a big fan of the painting (my girlfriend tells me it's vastly more impressive in person), but in the brief moments the film explored it, details were nicely brought out. I'm not saying I would have loved 15 minutes of a camera roving over a painting, but I think it would have been better than this.


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