Minggu, 24 April 2011
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea - Las Doce Sillas AKA The Twelve Chairs (1962)
Plot outline from IMDB:
When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all of her wealth and possessions to the new government, so she hides all of her treasures in the 12 chairs of a dining-room set. After her death her nephew finds out what she had done and, since the chairs had been "nationalized" and are now in the possession of a dozen different people, he sets out to track them down and get the treasures he believes rightfully belong to him.
This film represents a great moment in Cuban cinema. My impression was of an Ealing Comedy directed by Ken Loach or even what 'Dogma' were trying to get back to. Las Doce Sillas is filmed 'on the hoof', on location in early '60s Cuba. Like many films of this period from Cuba it gives an insight into the early days of the revolution. Real crowd scenes are utilized and everyday life and people form the backdrop.
The film is adapted from a Russian farce by Iliya Arnoldovich. The tale has been made into film many times. Firstly in Yugolavia (1927) and perhaps most famously a version was made by Mel Brooks in 1970 (his second stab at directing)
http://gaiafile.com/f44qbtr35nmq/Las_Doce_Sillas.avi - 709.7 MB
eng hardcoded subs