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LOS CUATRO ELEMENTOS (The Four Elements)

Screenplay: Javier Aguirre. Music: Luis de Pablo. Photography Director: Raúl P. Cubero. Camera Assistant: Ramón Prestamero. Staging: José Luis Gil. Production Chief: Federico Molina. Production Assistant: José A. Serrano. Laboratories: Cinematiraje Riera. Production: Televisión Española. Colour. 1969.

 

RAFAEL ALBERTI

It is perfect and complete. The beautiful aside, as far as purely plastic element concerned, there is an inspired poetic creation in each plane and in their common smart conjunction. And there is mystery too. It is continually using the element of surprise. One never knows what is coming next, like a thriller.

1978

JORGE GUILLÉN

It’s the movie I have liked the most. A constantly moving combination, so intense, so concrete, and not evident at all, that will be surpassed each time by an unforeseen invention: and the imagination invents unceasingly. These four elements are without doubt one of the best achieved expressions shown to this cinema viewer.

1980

 

J.V.FOIX

It recalls one of my triplets: “the eyes closed and to the sweet beat of the heart, we live, beyond Time, the other element with water, fire and winds without capturing”.

 

 

SALVADOR ESPRIU

Pictures and more pictures that pass with no respite, from the Southern coast of Galicia to the terrible Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) by Gaudí, a genial bad dream followed by the well-meaning vulgarity and transformed, according to somebody’s criteria in a simple annoying nightmare…/ … Everything is enhanced, told and lived through Aguirre’s intellectual astonishment in front of water, air, earth, fire. A mixture of contrast, stress…/ … The impressive impassive threat, cosmic of some sinister rocks in the fog – near the sea, I believe – and the wise game of light reflections in calm streams of water that fully justify Aguirre’s effort before any authority, imposed or legitimate and before himself, which is in reality the last valid resort for every honest and rigorous artistic expression… /… the film is, I think, in its entirety a really notable achievement.

1982

 

ERNESTO GIMENEZ CABALLERO

It is a Calderon film. It’s a pity it hasn’t been accompanied by some recitation of excerpts from the Eucharistic Play “La Vida Es Sueño” (Life is Dream).

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