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A Man Aside AND Road Signals

A double bill of documentaries about Chilean mavericks. The subject of Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff's A Man Aside (2001, 60 min.) is Ricardo Liano, a flabby old crank who lives in a cramped Santiago apartment and boasts of knowing prominent politicians in Spain, where he lived years before. The verite-style camera follows the proud yet pathetic old man everywhere as he talks about launching “a worldwide antidrug campaign,” reminisces about his past romances, boxing matches, and triumphs as a journalist, and tries to contact his son by phone. Road Signals, Tevo Diaz's tribute to poet Juan Luis Martinez (aka “the Fool”) is more artfully executed, interweaving sepia-toned dramatizations of Martinez's life, recitations of his poems paired with images of the Chilean coast, and interviews with fellow poets (2000, 30 min.). Both films in Spanish with subtitles.

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