Memmortigo

1933, Spain (Other)

An absurdist treatment of pessimism versus optimism using abstract illustrations.

Avant-garde surreal film investigating pessimism (embodied by a grey man who tries to commit suicide) and optimism (represented by a joyful young woman and her two children). Ernest Sant sees only bad things and Rosita Garcia esponds with their good counterparts. The film begins with an introspective man, clad entirely in black. He wanders the countryside, having bizarre encounters and often provoking hazardous incidents. A woman and two young children - possibly his family - continually try to counteract his black mood. Ends with a well staged effect, in which the man's black garb - his 'cloak of pessimism', is literally lifted form his back and he dances away: now, like the woman, dressed in white.

Keywords

Esperanto; Suicide

Background Information

The title is Esperanto meaning 'suicide' and is the only time the language is referred to, Delmiro de Carolt was a pioneer and promotor of avant-garde Catalonian cinema.

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