The LPS File
Ulises Carrión, 1985, 35'39''

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The LPS File documents Ulises Carrión's attempt to organize a film festival in Amsterdam, centred around a Mexican film star from the 1940s and 1950s. The underlying idea was that four films featuring the star in question would be shown, and that she would be attending the festival herself. The Mexican artist Carrión, who was living in the Netherlands at the time, had his eye on his compatriot Lilia Prado. However, the organization of the festival did not run smoothly. In Carrión's opinion, the quality of the films was irrelevant (he did not regard himself as a film historian); locating and acquiring the films took the highest priority. After much blood, sweat and tears, he finally managed to persuade the Mexican superstar, who was then 56 years old, to com over to the Netherlands for the festival. In cooperation with De Appel, Carrión presented the following four films starring Lilia Prado: 'Rumba Caliente' (1952) by Gilberto Martinez Solares; 'Subida al Cielo' (1951) by Luis Buñuel; 'Las Mujeres de mi General' (1950) by Ismael Rodriguez, and 'Las 3 Alegres Compadres' (1952) by Tito Divison. By organizing this festival Carrión aimed to investigate the political and social elements of two cultures by placing the Mexican film legend in a Dutch environment. The film festival opened in Amsterdam on July 4th, 1984. Read more...

  • Date: 1985
  • Length: 35'39''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: narrative, (experimental) documentary (artwork genre), pastiche / fake
  • Keywords: personal history