A Puppetry-On-Film Project in Developement by
In the early 1920s, poet Federico Garcìa-Lorca and composer Manuel de Falla envisioned producing a traveling puppet show which celebrated Andalusian poetic traditions and the bawdy jokes and primitive farce of medieval satires. Their project, which was to be called The Billy-Club Puppets of Granada, nevertheless proved to be too ambitious for the time and was never realized. Instead, they crafted their own version of The Tragicomedy of Don Cristòbal and Mistress Rosita, a classic Andalusian Punch & Judy story in which the bullyish, club-wielding Cristòbal takes the pining and swooning Rosita as an unwilling bride. Lorca wrote several variations of the farce, along with a number of other plays especially for puppet theatre and the productions were performed all over the world. Later, Lorca went on to write some of Spain's greatest theatrical tragedies: Blood Wedding, Yerma, and The House of Bernarda Alba. What makes his work interesting is that while it is strongly rooted in traditions of the land and culture, it nevertheless deftly subverts and undermines the hypocrisy of an oppressive social regime. The poet's sophisticated audacity proved to be too controversial for Spains Franco government and Lorca was assassinated by fascist soldiers at the age of only 38.
The memory of Lorcas death and the fame of his dramatic Tragedies has long eclipsed the satiric exuberance of some of his earlier work. Our film is an attempt to bring this lesser known side of Lorca the simpler, lewder, and cruder side -- to the attention of contemporary audiences. The film is not about his martyrdom, but a celebration of his life and the exuberant, raw, and subversive spirit of his work.
CRISTOBICA is a live-action / mixed media / puppetry film intended primarily for release in the United States and Great Britain, augmenting the emerging interest in Lorca in both countries. It is also an attempt to invigorate the renewed interest in mainstream adult puppetry in general.
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