|Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) takes his date for a ride through the Yoyes Department Store after hours in "El Crimen Perfecto." Photo: Vitagraph Films|
need to write this enormous amount of words and it already feels
like a Herculean effort. I don’t quite think I know enough about
cinema to fill this vast literary ocean. The first thing I must say
is that I am going slightly mad. My head can’t bear it anymore.
The cinema is just a miniscule parcel in a universe of irresoluble problems.
My family. My family drives me insane. My mother is aging and demands
affection, but I can't give it to her because I make movies in Madrid
and she lives in Bilbao. My brother is schizophrenic. He is much better
now but he went through a rough episode once. He wanted to kill us all.
He “went after” my sister…. My sister wants me to
move back to Bilbao, but she actually does not verbalize it; she drops
it in conversations in a very subtle manner.
I am guilty. I am also guilty of not paying enough attention to my
wife or my two daughters: I, instead, choose to go to the premieres
of my stupid films around the world.
In the meantime my country is becoming more and more European, and
that frightens me...The globalization is devouring our souls little
by little. The monster is bigger and more dangerous every day.
I am afraid. What should I do? I run away. Cinema is a ridiculous
way to escape. Everybody sees you flee. It is as if going in the streets
with a huge sign on your back that reads: “I am the jerk of the
films.” On top of it, I make comedies. Comedies are the most discredited
I am not serious. I don’t make auteur films. I never compromise,
politically speaking. I may look like a socialist, but then my films
spoil everything. If you are a socialist you must make politically compromised
films. You must contribute something.
My cinema is frivolous, stupid. It doesn't solve anything. On the contrary,
it tends to worsen everything. I escape my problems to dive into the
most idiotic nonsense. Why so much frivolity? If I am conscious of my
sins, why insist on committing them? Why jump into the pool of mud till
covered with shit? If life is hell, I am a coward and cinema is just
a noisy way to escape. Why insist on making comedies, commercial films,
with no social transcendence? Is there a legitimate answer? Maybe not
legitimate but there’s certainly an answer. Rage.
Yes, I escape. So what? The cemetery is full of the brave. Why don’t
I abandon the cinema and solve my problems? Because I don't want to,
because my face is swollen from the slaps I have received and now, it’s
Yes, I use films as a weapon, sometimes as a defense but, lately, I
would like to hit a few innocents in the head with them.
Yes...enough already with being politically correct. I can't bear it
anymore. Enough with being formal and doing the homework as expected.
I don't want to see the damned Asian film anymore. I don’t want
to bore people pretending to be intelligent and throw three tons of
boredom to their faces. God bless Billy Wilder. God bless Hitchcock.
He never won an Oscar and never gave us a second of boredom.
Yes, I agree, I am Spanish, European.... It is expected of me to hate
everything that is American and be as tedious as Wim Wenders or even
more. Fuck them! That is the problem, the key, the quid of the question:
I am too frivolous for the European and too weird for the Americans.
|Álex de la Iglesia|
Now that the world is a gigantic paella, shouldn't it be the time for
things to change? Haven't we reached the limit of so much stupidity?
Let's laugh at those who believe in something and let's celebrate
once and for all the joyful nihilism!
If nothing makes sense, if world leaders are nothing but demented clowns
and we are the sad audience of their grotesque performance, let's paint
our faces and let's bring out the machine guns!
Forgive me...I should have spoken about cinema.... El Crimen Perfecto is my most recent film and will be released in your country. It's a
good one. It's a comedy. It's about a man, life and love. Don't miss
Álex de la Iglesia's website is here. The official website of "El Crimen Perfecto" is here.
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