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Ventura Pons’ final scene was like in one in all his motion pictures, A thousand cretins, the place a prince is fired with flowers scattered on the bottom, surrounding the coffin, whereas music by Carles Casas performs, and on a set stuffed with associates, with many actors, simply the best way he favored it. The modifying, like so many different occasions, by the hands of Bel·lo Torras, his right-hand man for a few years, with whom he made 27 of the 33 movies that can accompany him without end, forming probably the most vital legacies of Catalan cinema. . “I know you would be very happy,” Bel·lo Torras advised him.

Friends, individuals from the theater and cinema, in addition to the Minister of Culture, Natalia Garriga, have come to the Les Corts Mortuary in Barcelona to say goodbye to the filmmaker, who died final Monday, abruptly after choking whereas consuming at house, in his condo on the precise of Eixample, when he was 78 years previous. Colleagues reminiscent of Mario Gas, Joan Pera, Francesc Orella, Nuria Hosta, Carme Sansa, Sergi Belbel and Roger Coma have accompanied him on this farewell, which additionally included the president of the Catalan Cinema Academy, Isona Passola.

Carme Sansa and Joan Pera at the funeral of Ventura Pons.
Carme Sansa and Joan Pera on the funeral of Ventura Pons. Alejandro García (EFE)

It won’t be the one goodbye, on the finish of the occasion, Bel·lo Torras has invited everybody to a public farewell subsequent Monday, on the Filmoteca de Catalunya, in an occasion organized with the Generalitat and the Acadèmia del Cinema to place his legacy in worth. The projection chosen for this second has been actresses, one in all his most celebrated movies the place Núria Espert, Rosa Maria Sardà and Anna Lizarán share the display screen with a younger Mercè Pons, primarily based on a textual content by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet, an awesome playwright of Catalan theater who has additionally handed away.

In entrance of the now legendary body of José Ocaña, comparable to the movie Ocaña, intermittent portrait, his movie premiere, his brother Josep Pons has been accountable for recounting the early years of Ventura Pons primarily based on childhood anecdotes that already foreshadowed a future on this planet of leisure, reminiscent of the 2 capes with which he dressed to carry out. characters since I used to be a toddler. His time at a boarding faculty in La Garrotxa or the years he lived in England marked his character and sealed his Anglo-Saxon influences, which might later be formed by his love of theater and nightlife, till cinema arrived, the true ardour of him.

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The reminiscence of Narcís, his life accomplice who died 5 years in the past, has additionally been current within the reminiscence of his brother and his pal Ignasi Millet, who has added a word of colour (purple, particularly) to a day of harsh winter. . “It wasn’t easy being his friend, he was very strict,” acknowledged the protagonist of one in all his movies, Ignatius M. He himself has requested the Generalitat that Ventura Pons have “the recognition he deserves as one of the most prolific cultural activists.”

His two households have participated on this farewell, the organic one and the chosen one, his associates. Miquel Rey, a co-worker at La Rambla Films, but in addition a detailed pal, thanked “those of you who have cried, sweated and cursed Ventura” for his or her presence, in a speech wherein he recalled one of many phrases he used to say. the director: “Cinema is sweat, blood and tears.”

Mario Gas at the funeral of Ventura Pons.
Mario Gas on the funeral of Ventura Pons.Alejandro García (EFE)

As he was a really optimistic man, proof against disappointment, Miquel Rey requested everybody current to say goodbye with pleasure, asking the musicians to accompany him. Piano, violin and cello have responded with comfortable notes and Rey has taken benefit of the momentum to say him as “a beast” of tradition “whom he has gradually forgotten.” He has completed studying the prologue that he had written within the final ebook he was engaged on, devoted to the disappearance of Narcís. “The essence of a person is not gone until all the people he touched are gone,” he wrote. He additionally serves for this farewell. and the notes of The general motive They have began to bop.

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