Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Chicago Reader

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

90 minutes 2015

This Spanish documentary about the foremost practitioner of Latin American magic realism is remarkably compact given García Márquez's prodigious literary output and the revolutionary decades he witnessed. Much is made of the author's idyllic early childhood on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, where his doting grandparents regaled him with stories. As a university student in Bogotá he began a career in advocacy journalism, which later took him to Venezuela, Europe, Mexico, and Cuba; after overcoming writer's block with his epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude he pursued writing books full-time but continued to crusade for social justice while cultivating friendships with Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton. Director Justin Webster (I Will Be Murdered) covers all the milestones, but to feel the passions that inspired García Márquez, you'll have to read his books. In Spanish with subtitles.

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