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“Viva Berlanga”

Do you know the Berlanga film that was nominated for the Oscars? And how many movies he directed? And the collection of books he published? And the word that is repeated in all of his feature films? All of the answers are revealed in the “Viva Berlanga. Una historia de cine” exhibition at the MuVim open through September 19th. There is no better tribute than this exhibition in the year commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Valencian film director and screenwriter Luis García-Berlanga.

Raúl González Monaj, expert in Audiovisual Communication at Campus Gandia of the Universitat Politècnica de València, has been put in charge of the design of the exhibition, explaining that he “opted to create a more visual exhibition design to attract younger visitors.”  He was assisted in the graphic design by the Estudi Pedra, made up of Melani Lleonart and Álvaro Sanchis, professors at the UPV School of Fine Arts. Meanwhile, José Company “Toro”, graduate in Fine Arts from the UPV, was put in charge of construction and props; and Beatriz Lluch, a fello graduate in Fine Arts from the UPV, was put in charge of artistic painting and props.


The exhibition is divided into five spaces. The “welcome” in the lobby makes a nod at Welcome Mr. Marshall! and Plácido. The next room is collects the posters from the 17 films he directed. The third space is a collection of the posters from his foreign premieres, revealing the significance of Berlanga outside of Spain. The fourth room is dedicated to censorship, and the fifth to Berlanga the erotomaniac, who directed The Vertical Smile collection.

Almost all the material on display is the property of Santiago Castillo París, who “is a ‘fan fatal’, a collector from Peñíscola, who has devoted himself to compiling all the material from the films shot there,” explains González Monaj.

The exhibition also includes three video pieces: the datasheets from each of his 17 films, as well as two showreels. One features the long take, a shot “that Berlanga was a master of, and the other features “Austro-Hungarian”, the fetish word in his filmography, with excerpts from the 17 scenes where the word is pronounced,” adds the campus professor.

Source: Carmen Revillo, UPV Office of Communications

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