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Fables of the Visible

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Acantilado

Non fiction

January 2003

320 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: Fábulas de lo visible

Fables of the Visible dissects the mechanisms that the cinema has at its disposal in order to construct autonomous realities. The book starts out from a particular event: the making of the film The Reception of H.M. Alfonso XIII in Barcelona, in 1904. What is special about that film is the fact that its director, Segundo de Chomón, was unable to achieve a good vantage point from which to film the event. That is why, in the film, what stands out most is the presence of the waiting crowd, overshadowing the person being welcomed, whose image gets lost amongst the heads of the spectators. Quintana contrasts with that film Leni Riefenstahl’s documentary on the National Socialist congress held in 1934 in Nuremberg, Triumph of the Will, in which the scenography and the organisation of the event had been conceived with a view to its being filmed. “There is no respect here for chronological order… what matters is the general architecture of the performance and the way it adjusts to the aesthetic needs of the political discourse.” This is a study that examines how the cinematographic medium was capable of constructing numerous fables about the visible and the multiple perceptions that are created in a world that is marked by what is virtual.

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Spanish Association of Cinema Historians Priza

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«An essay that exudes passion for the cinema and which both upsets and convinces, in equal measures. If you start it, there is no way you won’t finish it».
Xavier Antich, La Vanguardia

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