Black Eagle
Raul Marroquin, 1978, 62'12''

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"Black Eagle" plays with the dramatic start/stop of a television movie, complete with commericial breaks. The tale that unfolds is the complex story of the masked rider Black Eagle and her illegal trade of miniature guns to both the Mexican army and the revolutionary guerilleros. Marroquin employs the rich visual vocabulary of comic books and Westerns, sampling from actual films to create a series of incidents and encounters between the likes of the Leather Guys, an elite corps of the Mexican army, a flustered Dutch family living in Mexico and the sexy Black Eagle and her henchmen Chuck and Buck. The scenes are clipped and disjointed, but not without purpose. The entire narrative can be viewed as an exercise in self-interruption, from the commercial breaks anddiverging storyline to the asynchronous dialogue. But where the continuity lacks, Marroquin more than compensates for with his signature dark irony, racial puns and edgy wit. Marroquin is experimenting with all the possible variables of television media, and it is particularly significant that Juan Marañas is introduced in "Black Eagle". Señor Marañas plays here an ambitious newspaper editor and buyer of Black Eagle's weapons, who we will see in later works succeed as a revolutionary hero with potential for world domination. Marroquin makes clear his view on the powerful role of the media in society, of which "Black Eagle" is a satirical product. As the rebels in the movie claim matter-of-factly, "Long live the revolucíon. It's quite fun." (Elaine W. Ho) Read more...

  • Date: 1978
  • Length: 62'12''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: narrative, satire / parody
  • Keywords: sampling, television (subject), deconstruction