Tomás Gutiérrez Alea as the most lucid artist and intellectual to emerge from Cuba in the second half of the twentieth century. His persona; his personality; his directing style; and the absolute trust he inspired in actors, screenwriters, camera operators, and everyone else who worked with him to create the magic of cinema, all made him a legendary being who could incite controversy—or end it—with a single glance or unsettling expression. We know, thanks to his films, that he was a renovator, a complete artist; we know from his texts, his opinions, and his formidable book Dialéctica del espectador [The Viewer’s Dialectic] that he was also a thinker, a great intellectual. What no one could have known is that he would assess our entire existence as a people, that his intense and persuasive work would anticipate the future. There is little I can say about the twofold condition that revitalized cinema and essays and while simultaneously establishing him as our sharpest social thinker. I can only add that he transformed himself over the years, overcoming unspeakable obstacles and struggling tirelessly without ever sacrificing his principles. Titón: Against the Demons, a trilogy of texts compiled by Luciano Castillo, approaches key areas in the filmmaker’s vast body of work and illuminates them with great insight. At the same time, it brings us even closer to this eternal and quixotic artist in his battle against many different demons.
Born in Camagüey, Cuba (1955), Luciano Castillo is a critic, researcher and film historian. With a master’s degree in Latin American Culture, he is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the Cuban Association of the Cinematic Press. He collaborates in numerous specialized magazines and has weekly spaces on Cuban cinema on radio, television and internet. He has been a jury in several festivals, including Mar del Plata, Valladolid, New York, Guadalajara, Cartagena, Bogota, Havana and Huelva. He has published, among others, the books: La verdad 24 veces x segundo (Ácana, 1989 – The truth 24 times x second), Concierto en imágenes (National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, 1994 – Concert in images), Con la locura de los sentidos. Entrevistas a cineastas latinoamericanos (Artesiete, 1994 – With the madness of the senses. Interviews with Latin American filmmakers), Ramón Peón, el hombre de los glóbulos negros (Filmoteca de la UNAM, 1998 – Ramón Peón, the man with black blood cells), Entre el vivir y el soñar: Pioneros del cine cubano (Ácana, 2008 – Between living and dreaming: Pioneers of Cuban cinema), Cronología del cine cubano (in co-authorship with Arturo Agramonte, Ed. ICAIC, 2012-2016 – Chronology of Cuban cinema), Conversaciones con Jean-Claude Carrière (with Javier Espada, Zaragoza City Council, 2004 – Conversations with Jean-Claude Carrière), Carpentier en el reino de la imagen (Universidad Veracruzana, 2000 – Carpentier in the realm of the image), El cine cubano a contraluz (Oriente, 2008 – The Cuban cinema a contraluz), El cine es cortar (with the editor Nelson Rodríguez, Editions EICTV, 2010 – The cinema is cutting), Trenes en la noche (Oriente, 2012 – Trains in the night), La biblia del cinéfilo (Art and Literature, 2015 – The bible of the cinephile) and Retrato de grupo sin cámara (Oriente, 2016 – Group portrait without a camera), as well as number 10 of the collection Los cuadernos de Cinema23, El indiscreto encanto de Buñuel (The indiscreet charm of Buñuel). He was part of the team of editors and was the coordinator of Puerto Rico in the Dictionary of Ibero-American Cinema: Spain, Portugal, America (Madrid, 2011). He is programming advisor for the Havana Film Festival in New York. In 2013, the Ministry of Culture of Cuba awarded him the distinction For Culture. He directed the Mediateca André Bazin of the International Film and Television School (1995-2014); He is currently director of the Cinemateca de Cuba.
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