The artist, Antonio Lopez, tries to paint the quince tree he planted some time back in his garden. Throughout his life, he has worked on the same theme many times, almost as if it were a physical necessity. Every year, with the arrival of autumn, this need resurfaces.
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Exploring the relationship between painting and cinema, the composition of objects within a frame, and capturing light, with the injection of the major difference that cinema offers - the passage of time.
"Desde el lugar donde observo la escena no puedo saber si los demás ven lo que yo veo. Nadie parece advertir que todos los membrillos se están pudriendo bajo una luz... que no sé cómo describir, nítida y a la vez sombría, que todo lo convierte en metal y ceniza. No es la luz de la noche, tampoco es la del crepúsculo. Ni la de la aurora."
Truth, truth, truth and marmelada.
part documentary, part dream like fiction, this film gets ride the heart of cinema itself within it's running time. it presents the faith that cinema holds in the value of time itself, as well as the compisitional similarities between the processes filmmakers and painters. interesting and engaging, a very impressive piece from erice.
Rich and contemplative, this emergent documentary finds its power naturally flowing from its painfully doomed subject. Extremely dense and subtle, the film's confrontations with the limitations of art and man remain justly complex, contradictory and open ended. Absolutely astounding cinema.
Conversations between an artist and old friends. An artist and admirers. An artist and a tree...This is a film that reflects on art, life, the passage of time and what it is to inhabit a spirit and truth in artistic conception. There's a soft poetry to everything Erice does, an honesty and respect for his subjects that is
infinitely rewarding if you take the time to appreciate his work.
Pero que solemne triunfo del cine. Me dejo aturdido por dos días, en los cuales no vi ninguna otra película porque me parecía innecesario. El arte es impráctico y en verdad no sirve para nada excepto para salvar al mundo. Y solo a veces.