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Julio García Espinosa & 'imperfect cinema': Workshop Session One

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Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square, Cinema

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Las aventuras de Juan Quinquin ('The Adventures of Juan Quinquin, 1967, 106')

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In 1969, the Cuban filmmaker Julio García Espinosa, who died in April at the age of 89, wrote one of the key manifestos of the New Latin American Cinema. A polemic calling 'For an Imperfect Cinema', he argued that the imperfections of a low budget cinema of urgency, which sought to create a dialogue with its audience, were preferable to the sheen of high production values which merely reflected the audience passively back to itself.

'It is impossible to question a given reality without questioning the particular genre you select or inherit to depict that reality.' Julio García Espinosa

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