O PÃ¡tio. Short Film by Glauber Rocha, an influential Brazilian film director, actor and writer.
(The name Glauber, given by the mother, is inspired by the name of the German scientist Johann Rudolf Glauber (1603-68), who discovered the sodium sulphate or “Glauber ‘s salt”.)
This was the first film he ever made. He was 17 years old.
(“Donde no hay imÃ¡genes vivas no hay arte ni poesÃa”, le dijo alguna vez su padre. Al parecer le hizo caso.)
â€œWe were modestly looking to escape from the â€œcreativeâ€ effortlessness that literature and the plastic arts (as well as music) could offer us, and we searched for what would be considered difficult or impossible: organize a filmic universe, living for itself, without knowing, principally, the human problematic emerging from it. The work process was simple: like two human figures – male and female -, thrown on a patio in black and white, with sea and sky view and surrounded by foliage, we start with the camera, used as an instrument, in search for the cleanest appearance, more purified, and which would leave from its real state for the poetic state, only by framing solutions, from the selective point of view of the filmmaker in search for valid elements that, in the editing room, would propose the problem of â€œcreatingâ€ the rhythmic organism, the film in its state of cinema as cinema.
Itâ€™s true that the use of human figures created, inside the filmic logic, a small anecdote. However we believe that itâ€™s isolated on the background, since what will impose on it, basically, is the filmic climate, the new dimension of poetry that the play creates. â€œPatioâ€ doesnâ€™t want to â€œmeanâ€ anything, doesnâ€™t want to â€œmake a speech on or tellâ€ this or that human attitude, but simply create in its proper scope what we would find in the Greek Cacoyanis and in the Kubrick of â€œKillerâ€™s Kissâ€: â€œstatesâ€ that only can be created by framing and montage, the work materials of a filmmaker whoâ€™s aware of his trade. This affirmation can seem pretentious, but itâ€™s just an honest attitude towards the cinema, that, in the right term of the critic ClÃ¡udio Bueno Rocha, nowadays doesnâ€™t exceed the simple art of entertainment.
-Glauber Rocha, in â€œJornal do Brasilâ€, Rio de Janeiro, March 29, 1959-
(Buen artÃculo en espaÃ±ol aquÃ.)