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Perpetual Movements: A Cine-tribute to Carlos Paredes (PG*)

20:45 / Mixing archival film and sound with interviews, 8mm ‘unsteady-cam’ and optical mosaics, Edgar Pêra's film creates an iridescent portrayt of Portuguese guitar genius Carlos Paredes

27 June 2010
Cinema 1

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Perpetual Movements: A Cine – Tribute to Carlos Paredes (Movimentos Perpétuos - Homenagem a Carlos Paredes) (PG*) 

This is trademark Pêra, but pointed at late Portuguese guitar genius Carlos Paredes’ career. It mixes archival film and sound with interviews, 8mm ‘unsteady-cam’ and optical mosaics to the extreme, to give us an iridescent portrayal of Paredes’ genius.

The montage is as relentless as the guitarist’s finger-work, the footage as compelling as the music is poignant.

Pêra’s method is luxuriously baroque and the remarkable music and Paredes’ unassuming demeanour burst through the hordes to give us a counterpoising gist. In the midst, we discover the notoriety Paredes’ music brought to the Portuguese guitar, raising it to the rank of an autonomous instrument and transforming it into a symbol of Portuguese music.

Portugal 2006 Dir. Edgar Pêra 68 min.
With English subtitles

Curated by Filmville in partnership with the Embassy of Portugal in London and the Portuguese Cinematheque.

This event is part of:
Sound in Cinema - Music in Film

* Local Classification

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