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Galaxia Val del Omar

Presented by Instituto Cervantes and the Gene Siskel Film Center, this trio of screenings explores the work of Andalusian surrealist Jose Val del Omar (1904-'82), a designer, filmmaker, and inventor whose technical innovations purportedly presaged the development of stereophonic sound, wide-screen processes, and 3-D. Cristina Esteban's Ojala Val del Omar (1994, 60 min.) presents an overview of Val del Omar's career. In Misiones pedagogicas (1939), Val del Omar documents the country life of Republican Spain between 1932 and '36. Finally, “Triptico elemental de EspaƱa” compiles three of Val del Omar's short films: An Aqua-Mirror From Granada (1953, 23 min.); Castille on Fire: Tactile Vision of a Frightful Wasteland (1958, 20 min.), about the sculpture of Alonso de Berruguete and Juan de Juni; and the recently restored Made of Mud (1961, 24 min.).

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