TIEMPO DE PLAYA (beach time)

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Screenplay: Javier Aguirre. Executive Producer: Juan Ignacio de Blas. Camera: Antonio Pérez-Olea. Music: Luis de Pablo. Music Director: A. Pérez-Olea. Staging: Mercedes Gimeno. Direction Assistant: José Antonio Solana. Production Assistant: Primitivo Alvaro. Production: PROCUSA. Colour. 1961.

Comments about the film


Mainly “Tiempo de Playa”. My whole world is here, all my sensitiveness, all my teen wishes now frustrated. It seems as a repeated time, where the seashore was not the limit and where fantastic landscapes are built on the sand in a Grandville style. All the beaches of the world are unpublished. Tati had already suggested some things and now Aguirre does it from their secret world. I only ask Javier to persevere in building on the sand this civilization of the taste, this subtle touch to erotically joy with them.





Tiempo de Playa, beach time, with an admirable sense of rhythm and truth…/… it is necessary to point out, like in the whole Aguirre’s cinema, the subtle use of the music.





There is poetry and humanity over it. And this is what Javier Aguirre has caught in his film. For his own fortune and the viewer luck it is not merely a tourist reportage which intends to enhance the delight and the beauty of the beach, whether in Santander or in Nice. It is a much more important matter. It is the artist’s vision and should we say a poet’s vision too.





There is a beach time, with its kind and good-natured mood that recall Jacques Tati in the film “Les vacances de M. Hulot - 1953” (Mr. Hulot’s on holydays). Some visual playing effects such as the ones in which the beach huts move to and fro, apparently, with no further help, while someone in the inside is nailing these onto the beach sand; or the twilight melancholic air which reminds us the French film director for the whole movie. In 1962 this work won the Gold Medal in Bilbao’s Documentary Film Festival.




In Playa de Santander (Santander Beach) the real non-distorted characters are following one another from daybreak to dusk. It is an ordinary day. The most important thing is suggested in an indirect but efficient way. There have been skies, waves, sand, people, and children in a moving sequence. How deeply can we feel the time!.