A cinema pandemic

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For film lovers, COVID 19 has played a great trick on us. Yes, I know that you will tell me that it has done it to all of us, that it isn't frivolous, that there are people dying... Well, unfortunately, there are always people dying, and I don't want to start a war about who has had or is having the worst time with the pandemic. I am aware that many people who were already very bad before this are now even worse off.

However, I wanted to talk about my little fondness for the big screen, the one that made me keep an eye on movie premieres (in spanish: estrenos de cine) week after week. I was one of those people who every week found a reason to go to a movie theater, whether it was for a big premiere, to see a movie that promised to be very good or because 'it aims to be so bad that you have to see it on the big screen. To tell you that my most used social networks (redes sociales más utilizadas) were Filmaffinity's friends and soulmates...

Of course during the confinement I took the opportunity to review all the films I like, which are not few. But what can I tell you, watching some movies on a TV, no matter how big and expensive it is, is not the same thing. In fact, there are some films that I have absolutely refused to see at home again, even though I enjoyed them at the time in the cinema. One of them is already old and digital technology (tecnología digital) has done wonders, but there are some things that are irreplaceable.

So the months have gone by, without premieres and with the theaters closed. This has given me time to reflect on the moment when the love for cinema began in me. The truth is that I could not define an exact moment, but I could define several turning points that have remained in my memory forever. One is the memory of going to see my mother 'Mary Poppins' in a double session at the village cinema and leaving the cinema singing and dancing. I also remember clearly the first time I went to a big, city cinema with my mother, a friend and her mother. We watched '1, 2, 3 Splash', since then playing mermaids was a must during every summer before the odious adolescence. Finally, I remember a film series they made with children's movies, a movie every day of the week, where my parents let me go in the company of a friend, without adult supervision, and with the only condition of returning straight home as soon as the movie was over. That made us feel very old.

All these memories made me think about what cinematic references today's children will treasure, who have audiovisual content at their disposal at all times. Today's lifestyle (estilo de vida actual) creates few references, since many times people think about fast consumption, and therefore, forgettable. Or at least it would be normal, no healthy mind should store so much information. Can you imagine an adult, 20 years from now, reciting the whole catalog of Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime? Crazy. And to that you have to add everything they know about TV celebrities (famosos de televisión)...

But going back to the cinema, there is something positive that the coronavirus has brought to us movie lovers: the possibility of seeing Cinema Paradiso again on the big screen. In my case, the possibility of seeing it for the first time. I was very young when it was released and nobody took me to see it, so the emotion I felt when I saw my favorite movie for the first time in a semi-deserted movie theater was absolutely indescribable, a prize for all the months of confinement. That is why I want to think that there will always be a way to meet again and those we love, no matter how hard the tests we are subjected to.



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