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This wonderful 1961 Mexican fantasy-drama B&W movie dvd release is titled... YANCO
Director: Servando Gonzalez
Runtime: 91 minutes
This very engaging and sentimental tale begins when a little boy (Ricardo Ancona) starts manifesting a greater and greater talent at music and at the same time, a supersensitivity to sounds. His overly astute hearing drives him into the woods and away from the cacophony of the town's hustle and bustle. Once in the woods, he meets a kindly old hermit who teaches him how to play the violin he made. After the old man dies, the violin ends up at a pawn shop, and each night the boy sneaks in to play it in secret. It is this haunting, nightly music that sets the town on edge -- people think an evil spirit is on the loose.
Ricardo Ancona - Juanito
Jesus Medina - Old Man
Maria Bustamante - Maria
An artistic marvel from Mexico about a young boy growing up in a Mexican village, who has an almost disabling sensitivity to any loud noise, who desperately seeks some outlet--any outlet--for his budding musical talent and finds it with help from an old man who lives on the outskirts of town and plays a haunting violin. The film's beguiling story line, the sedate, almost ethereal pace, together with an almost complete lack of spoken dialogue is a standing challenge for any budding filmmaker today.
An Hispanic Film to be Remembered!
The story tells of a young boy named Juanito who grows up with hypersensitivity to sound. After being ridiculed for this condition, Juanito encounters a man who proceeds to teach him how to play the violin. The most interesting piece to this film is the use of sound. The movie begins with loud and very annoying noises that add up and increase in volume to almost the point of pain. This gives a portrayal of how day-to-day life occurs in the village for Juanito. The uses of diegetic sound in examples such as this provide insight into the lives of Mexican villagers in the early 20th century. This movie also contains little to no dialogue. The dialogue that is present often reflects the inner workings of the villagers, in particular the children. When the children hurl their insults, it reflects the ignorance and intolerance of anything different of the entire village. The only thing that is different between the children and adults is that the adult villagers cannot act out as the children do. In opposition to this idea however, the actions of Juanito's mother are amplified by her words. Her dialogue speak for compassion toward her son, that he is no different from the sons and daughters of the other villagers, and that he needs protection from the world around him. The first instance of the use of the nondiegetic sound is that of the orchestration of nature. Used in this way, the sounds of the orchestra almost become part of the actual film itself. This reveals another side of Juanito in his love of music. We are able invited into Juanito's world. As the movie progresses, the nondiegetic sound of the violin portrays the happiness of the old violinist and student alike at the ability to share in the violin's music. The use of the violin's music then takes a turn for the worse when the old violinist dies. When the music "outside" of the film takes on a sad quality, it reflects the inner turmoil of Juanito and the old violin. It also suggests that the violin can only make true music with its owner. In the hands of Juanito, it can only make a misguided form of the music that it shared with its previous owner. Overall this film was a joy to watch. I strongly recommend this for any person who analyzes films or simply enjoys watching classics.
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This is a SPANISH language motion picture with NO SUBTITLES...
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