The day I decided to educate through cinema

The day I decided to educate through cinema

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I am one of those people who have never been clear about their vocation; when I saw Flashdance in the cinema I wanted to be a dancer and my parents bought me a tutu; after seeing Indiana Jones I thought it was more fun to be adventurous, so they bought me some binoculars (because the whip was frowned upon); after seeing Explorers, I wanted to be an inventor and an astronaut ... and so on for the rest of my life.

After 35 years watching movies, I came to the conclusion that what I really liked was living experiences through cinema. During those two hours could be an adventurer, dancer or astronaut, experience fear, happiness, discover new worlds, cultures, thoughts And without leaving the site!

Now, all those experiences lived through the cinema I try to teach my daughters so that they can enjoy cinema as I do. But, I have to admit, that turning on the television exerts in me an absolute power of abstraction from the real world, immersing myself in HD without remission, and I can already have a chicken in the oven or come to visit my aunt Julia, who does not I have seen for years that I am unable to take my eyes off the screen. So, aware of this great absorption power, I decided to limit the television schedule to the girls to the minimum during the week, that is, zero patatero, but on Fridays set up a late night movie session, the only time of the week where I let them swallow something in front of the TV accompanied by popcorn, but always with the prospect of seeing a movie worthwhile.

As a cinephile mother, I have wanted my daughters to know all the styles of cinema, and that means that everything takes its process. The problem is that the video clip language of current cartoons, and almost everything that is broadcast today, is too hectic and powerful for, once they get used to it, you can rip that perspective out of their heads. Just as the cinema has evolved over time, from slow to fast, we must introduce our children. In other words, the first thing that we should teach them is black and white and silent films; I remember the laughs with my mother when we saw the fat and the skinny or Harold Lloyd, well You will be surprised that today's children also like it and enjoy it provided they are not already perverted by the whirlwind of new images.

Then we went to the Marx Brothers in the West, one of my daughter Marina's favorites, who literally pissed off laughing over “More Wood”. They are crazy about Bud Spencer movies, something they would never have imagined, and after a tour of the classics of the 80s and 90s for children, such as The Princess Bride, ET, The Goonies ... we have reached the 90s with a film background in their have, that not even José Luis Garci.

It is true that we have had problems with some issues. I already warn you that the Gremlins are not an option for children under 12 years old, nor the new version of the Wizard of Oz, but the one from the year 36 they love, and, much to my regret, Star Wars bores them terribly.

But what I have discovered is that little by little they have developed an incredible audiovisual language, they are capable of being critical about what they are seeing, and above all, do not buy any movie that is broadcast on television. And, as if that were not enough, now we are seeing them in their original version, a challenge that will be worth it despite your complaints!

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