06/10/2015

WHAT A MOVIE: ‘Investment’ by Marcel Juan

This short film directed by Marcel Juan opens a section that collects documentaries and audiovisual fiction pieces that deal with any matter from a humanistic point of view.

Marcel Juan is a director and photographer from Barcelona. He studied graphic design, but his interest in photography and the moving image has gradually taken an interest in these areas . His audiovisual and images owe much to the graphic influences he received in the early years of his career and are marked by a particular sense of tempo, framing, aesthetics and light. In his work he highlights the taste for poetic, human, and sometimes certain notes of humor and surrealism. He has directed commercials, music videos, fashion films, mini-series for television, curtains for multiple channels, films and audiovisual museum of the Brazil Cup in Rio de Janeiro. You can learn and deepen their work and creative universe on his own website: www.marceljuan.com

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'Silent Running' —Naves misteriosas, en su misteriosa traducción al español— es una película de 1972 dirigida por Douglas Trumbull, responsable además de los efectos especiales de obras tan importantes como '2001: una odisea espacial', 'Star Trek', 'Encuentros en la Tercera Fase' o 'Blade Runner'. Los títulos de crédito ya advierten de que, más allá de la ciencia ficción y el futurismo, se trata de una deliciosa historia sobre la Naturaleza. La película no ha dejado de cosechar elogios desde su estreno, a destacar el realizado por los cineastas japoneses Akira Kurosawa y Yasujiro Ozu, que opinaban que 'es la mejor película que se ha hecho nunca en Estados Unidos'.In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, only a few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of American Airlines space freighters, just outside the orbit of Saturn. Freeman Lowell, one of four crewmen aboard the Valley Forge station, is the resident botanist and ecologist who preserves the forests for their eventual return to Earth and the reforestation of the planet. Suddenly, the astronauts give orders to destroy the domes and return to Earth. 'Silent Running' is a 1972 movie directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had also worked as a special effects supervisor on some pretty great films including '2001: a space odyssey', 'Star Trek', 'Close encounters of the Third Kind' or 'Blade Runner'. The credits already warn that, beyond science fiction and futurism, it is a delightful story about Nature. The film has continued to reap praise since its premiere, to highlight the made ​​by Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, who said 'it's the best American film ever made'." 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Guionista y director de cine, estudia diseño industrial y economía y a principios de los 70 funda el estudio Gris, dedicado al diseño industrial y de interiores, antes de realizar su primera película, 'Tatuaje', basada en una novela de Manuel Vázquez Montalbán. Poco después llega 'Bilbao', que le proporciona reconocimiento internacional al ser seleccionada para el Festival de Cannes. Con su siguiente trabajo, 'Caniche', logra el premio al mejor director y el de la crítica en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Oporto. En la década de los 80 se traslada a Los Angeles para desarrollar un guión de encargo y se queda cuatro años. Allí realiza tres películas: 'Reborn', 'Lola' y 'Anguish'. 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Soon after comes 'Bilbao', which provides international recognition by being selected for the Cannes Film Festival. His next work, 'Caniche', achieved the award for best director and from review in the International Film Festival of Porto. In the 80s he moved to Los Angeles to develop a custom script and stay four years. He made three films there: 'Reborn', 'Lola' and 'Anguish'. Back in Spain working with very young actors like Ariadna Gil, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Jordi Molla, and his filmography continues with 'Las edades de Lulú', 'Jamón, jamón' —Silver Lion in the Venice Film Festival 1992—, 'Huevos de oro' —Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival 1993—, 'La teta y la luna', 'Lumière et compagnie', 'Bámbola', 'La camarera del Titanic' —Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay 1997—, 'Volavérunt', 'Son de mar', 'I am Juani' and 'Di Di Hollywood'. Currently he works on his next film, 'Segundo origen'." 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John Cleese es un actor, comediante, guionista y productor especialista en sátira, comedia negra y humor surrealista. También es inglés, mucho. A fines de la década de los 60 co-fundó Monty Python, el grupo de comediantes responsable del mítico en influyente programa de televisión Monty Python's Flying Circus. Junto a sus compañeros Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin y Graham Chapman, Cleese realizó películas como Los caballeros de la mesa cuadrada y sus locos seguidores (1975), La vida de Brian (1979) o El sentido de la vida (1983).

A mediados de la década de 1970, co-escribió con su primera esposa Connie Booth la comedia de situación Fawlty Towers, y la protagonizó como Basil Fawlty. Cleese recibió por ella el premio BAFTA de 1980 al mejor actor de comedia, y en el año 2000 la serie encabezó la lista del British Film Institute de los 100 mejores programas de televisión británicos. En una encuesta de Channel 4 de 2001, Basil Fawlty ocupó el segundo lugar en la lista de los 100 mejores personajes de televisión.

De vuelta al cine, escribió y protagonizó junto a Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis y el ex colega de Monty Python Michael Palin Un pez llamado Wanda (1989) y Criaturas feroces (1997). Por la primera fue nominado al Premio Oscar al Mejor Guión Original.

Con Antony Jay, guionista del programa Yes Minister, co-fundó Video Arts, una productora que realiza vídeos como éste, en el que explica de una manera realmente seria cómo funciona la creatividad.

Existe un túnel en Eindhoven dedicado al inolvidable sketch de Monty Python 'El ministerio de los andares tontos', protagonizado por John Cleese — Imagen Autor desconocido

John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer specialised in satire, black comedy, sketch comedy and surreal humour. He is also British, very British. In the late 1960s he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the BBC sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus. Along with his co-stars Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese made films as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) or The Meaning of Life (1983).

In the mid-1970s, Cleese and first wife Connie Booth co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers, and he starred in it as Basil Fawlty. The series resulted in Cleese's receiving the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and in 2000 the show topped the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. In a 2001 Channel 4 poll, Basil Fawlty was ranked second on its list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters.

Back to movies, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin A Fish Called Wanda (1989) and Fierce Creatures (1997), both of which he also wrote. For the first he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

With Yes Minister writer, Antony Jay, he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films like this, in which he explains in a really serious way how creativity works.

There is a tunnel in Eindhoven dedicated to the unforgetable Monty Python's sketch 'Ministry of Silly Walks', starred by John Cleese —Image Unknown Author

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