Welcome Mr. Marshall

19 02 2014

welcome mr marshall

For the past number of months, I’ve been finding writers and editing articles for a website by Language Trainers, a company that offers language courses. The website in question offers movie, book, and song reviews of works written or spoken in the various languages offered by the aforementioned company. It’s aimed at English-speakers, so even though the articles talk about works in other languages, all texts are written in English. The project is finished, at least for the time being, and I am no longer attached to it, but I will be publishing everything that emerged from it, and sharing whatever I wrote myself through here. To start with, I’m sharing my short write-up of Welcome Mr. Marshall, a classic of Spanish cinema:

“One of the great classics of Spanish cinema, ¡Bienvenido Mr. Marshall! (Welcome Mr. Marshall!) is a biting satire that skewers every target imaginable: Spanish citizens, the government, the church, and even the United States. It came out in 1953, in the midst of General Franco’s dictatorship, and it’s still a matter of debate how exactly this movie, directed by Luis García Berlanga and written by Juan Antonio Bardem, survived state censorship. According to author and film director Kepa Sojo, who wrote a book on the film, the censors were simply not smart enough to notice the subversive themes, and when the movie screened to great critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, the Spanish government was forced to accept it in order to demonstrate that Spain did not censor its art. Which, of course, it did. Just not this time.”

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23 09 2014
Suzanne

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