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Lezama Lima: Speaking Freely (Lezama Lima: soltarla lengua) surveys the life and work of one of the most complex and interesting writers in the Spanish language. This documentary reviews the most outstanding traits of his rare personality, encompassing a broad panorama that includes the hermeneutical analysis of his work, the sociopolitical context in which he lived, and the more day-to-day anecdotes of this great Havana-born author. Through the eyes of his friends, disciples, and members of his "Delphic course," viewers can enjoy and approach a polyhedral Lezama Lima, who will make them rave about his transcendental knolwedge-characterized by a heterodoxical mystical and cultural range-as well as attract them to the personality of a common man who equally liked gossip, heretical and esoteric conversations, and smoking a good cigar or tasting a fleshy fruit. Director Ernesto Fundora Hernandez's fundamental motive in this audiovisual piece is to go beyond the myth surrounding Lezama Lima, bringing him closer to younger generations, based on an admiration that integrates poetic and mundane aspects of his life, transmuting the difficulting elements of his work, in the spirit of a Creole pleasantness which, without renouncing complexity, returns us to a potable and even funny Lezama Lima.
Cuban Research Institute
Arts and Humanities
Fundora Hernandez, Ernesto, "Lezama Lima: Speaking Freely" (2018). Cuban Research Institute Events. 390.
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