Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Águila o Sol

The film Aguila o sol was filmed in a way that made for some confusing scenes that did not help out with the films storytelling and which aided to disrupt the flow of the plot. It starts off with the three children, Polito, Adriana and Carmelo being abandoned in a convent when they are born and then they later escape at which during this time Don Hipólito, Politos father decides to search for his son. After this the story explains the direction of the lives of the three children which result in them staying together performing in theatre. When the film explains more about their adult lives it is then that some confusion occurs. It seemed that certain scenes focused too much on the great costumes of the cabaret dancers, Adriana singing abilities and the stand-up acts performed by Polito and Carmelo which all took away from the plot. What I found to be poorly filmed were the camera shots when it would turn to the crowd for their reaction of the comedic acts.
The ending was also confusing. The dream sequences where Polito dreamt of losing his friend Carmelo and love Adriana did not fit in well with the storyline as the dream comes about from his concern of losing his girlfriend after listening in on a conversation about her potential as a solo performer. As he wakes up he realizes he did not lose his friends but then also is introduced to his father who was searching for him.
One of the concerns I had during the end of the movie which wasn’t clarified was that whether the Politos father was in awkward position since he had assumingly had shown interest in Adriana. And whether or not Adriana decides to go onto performing alone or would the three of them continue on performing together.

3 comments:

  1. I also felt confused about the dream sequences when we watched the film. But, I disagree that it did not fit in well with the storyline. Do you say that because the reunion with the father immediately follows? Because, for me, it makes sense to show the dream after Polito overhears the conversation of Adriana with the theatre director. It shows his anxiety about losing his friends, which is part of his character, and a central part of the movie. It could have been shorter (I felt it was to long and redundant), but I think the dream sequence is an important part of the film.

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  2. I just wrote a really long response but it got deleted, so I'm going to try to get to the point this time. I think that it's hard to say if the dream sequence fits in with the plot, because there isn't much of a plot to begin with. The movie itself is short, even with the long dream sequence, and what really happens in the rest of it? Not much. They even have another show in the theatre that lasts awhile, so there isn't much of an actual story, it's mainly entertainment. Even when they get drunk and he falls out of his bed, it's supposed to be comedy, so I really don't think think that they put much effort into the actual storyline, other than the jokes and that's why the sections that you mentioned that that you're confused about are confusing to me as well, and maybe others as well.

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  3. Hey Jordi. I found the last part (when Polito reunited with his dad) puzzling and a bit uncomfortable. I couldn't understand how come the dad looked at Adiana that way either. Since this film reflected a lot of what the Mexican society was like at the time, was that part supposed to criticize some cultural moral values?
    Aside from some bits and pieces, I found the film relatively enjoyable. I like how they eventually fulfilled their childhood dreams; I thought the theme was encouraging and positive.

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