In the 80’s, the Caleuche myth served as an inspiration for Raúl Ruiz’s Three Crowns of the Sailor, one of his most emblematic films. However, unlike that ship, in the one in Litoral, cuentos del mar it is not possible to tell the difference between the living and the dead; they can even share the same journey, or spend the nights telling each other stories that will vanish at dawn just like their narrators. In fact, this second series of four episodes made by Ruiz for the Chilean television is based on sailors, fishermen and islander’s tales; just like La recta provincia, the first of them, whose name reflects the way in which the Chiloé warlocks called themselves, revolved around myths and legends of the Chilean countryside’s traditional folklore. Like Adolfo Vásquez Rocca declares, both are told “from a radical strangeness” that, however, gives away that poetic strategy of Ruiz that consists in taking a certain number of elements –in this case, anthropological– and filming with them one or several series of possible combinations. —Bafici
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
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