BREAKING: filmlinc blog receives manifesto from “Citizens Against Licentious Movies”
This morning, the filmlinc blog received the following anonymous handwritten “manifesto” from a group calling itself Citizens Against Licentious Cinema (C.A.L.M.), in regards to our new series Clandestí: Forbidden Catalan Cinema Under Franco . For the benefit of our readers, we have transcribed the communique in its entirety.
It has come to our attention that the Film Society has a series planned called “Clandestí: Forbidden Catalan Films Under Franco” and that certain inflammatory facts have been circulating pertaining to the so-called “underground cinema” of Catalan. In order that the public not be unnecessarily exposed to these incendiary filmic documents without first being warned, we felt it necessary to set the record straight.
So-called “fact” #1: Throughout its history, Catalonia – and particularly Barcelona – has been persistently characterized as the forerunner of major social and cultural movements.
Why not praise the Netherlands for their wooden clogs or France for their crepes? We all know that Catalonia was uniquely situated to be a well-spring of filmic innovation, especially in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. But all of this is neither here nor there to the average movie-goer, who’s looking for something diverting at the local multiplex. We feel that putting together a series of extremely controversial Catalonia films in one program—Clandesti—the Film Society is clearly flirting with disaster. How about a nice Shirley Temple retrospective instead?
So-called “fact” #2: While the filmmakers of Catolonia under Franco differed in their aims (some chased artistic ambitions while others had revolutionary goals) all shared a focus on reality. Exposing the reality of injustice under Franco’s rule, or injustice on the world stage, was their most subversive message.
Now this is just too much. Everyone knows reality is depressing. The last thing we need is a new lens on truth. What we need more of are escapist fantasies where the bad guys blow up a few buildings and then the good guy wins.
So-called “fact” #3: The birth of the term “underground cinema” was founded in the filmmaking of Catalonia under Franco.
With the complete adoption of portable video equipment, surely the idea of an “independent cinema” has become completely banal. Even Steven Soderbergh and Christopher Nolan are making studio pictures now. Who needs to see another hand-crafted film, made by a passionate outsider, under the most stringent (and possibly deadly) government control? Especially when there are fine reality shows featuring rich housewives and feature films about adorably plucky Labrador puppies?
We urge the film-going public to “just say no” to the obscene, provocative, dangerous series Clandesti and please instead spend your money on something more morally wholesome.
-CITIZENS AGAINST LICENTIOUS MOVIES
The package came from a Century City address. Anyone have any ideas about this group C.A.L.M.?