V'21 Historiography: TREASURES AND DISCOVERIES

FILMS BY SARA GÓMEZ AND SEGUNDO DE CHOMÓN

Among the works that represent the indispensable work of foundations and archives in the Viennale program is the last film by Sara Goméz (1942-1974); at the same time the first Cuban feature film directed by a woman. More docudrama than feature film, DE CIERTA MANERA explores the question of how the legacy of racist and sexist colonial society can be dismantled in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana; after all, overcoming it is an indispensable prerequisite for the emergence of the new. Segundo de Chomón (1871-1929), whose birthday this year marks the 150th anniversary, was an innovator of a completely different kind. Alongside Georges Méliès and Gaston Velle, the Spanish pioneer, who was a tireless tinkerer, was one of the first film trick magicians. Before joining the Pathé brothers in Paris as an expert in transformation scenes, Chomón initially worked more in documentary in Barcelona; he later successfully continued his career as a master of special effects in Italy.