The cinema in my life

¶ Art Film by Alejandro Mos Riera (2021)

“This is a love letter to the cinema, a film essay, to the movies that have made me love more the magic of cinema and the beauty of life.”


Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read. You have to read because you develop a sense of storytelling.

-Werner Herzog

Life has the deceptive essence of photography, you think you are witnessing the adventure of days, day by day, photo by photo, instant by instant. You live it inside a movie theater, groping and with your attention on the movie screen, like a modern Plato cave. You remember it as when leaving a projection of a movie in the cinema, small memories remain in the memory, like dream moments. But it takes a lifetime to realize that it is like a play without rehearsals, there is only one life and nothing happens twice. And suddenly, you never know when, someone will lower the curtain.

-Have you never stopped time?

-What is stopping time?

-Stop the time is to decide that you are going to leave reality to enter another dimension. To appreciate the moment and live it better. In that world, there is nothing and no one who creates problems for you. That happens with good literature, good cinema, music and above all, the company of two hearts that beat at the same time. And you know what…?

-What? I said excited and fascinated.

-Then the world rewards you. The universe keeps pace in favor of those who appreciate time. And those are the ones who stop him, the ones who change the world.

List of films:

1. The Lumiere Brothers’ First films, (1895)
2. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, F. W. Murnau, (1927)
3. Le Mépris, Jean-Luc Godard, (1963)
4. Persona, Ingmar Bergman, (1966)
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, (1968)
6. Nostalgia, Andréi Tarkovski, (1983)
7. Le Mystère Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, (1955)
8. La Règle du jeu, Jean Renoir, (1939)
9. 8½, Federico Fellini, (1963)
10. F for Fake, Orson Welles (1973)
11. Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog, (1982)
12. La Jetée, Chris Marker, (1962)
13. El ángel exterminador, Luis Buñuel, (1962)
14. The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming (1939)
15. Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, (1942)
16. The Quiet Man, John Ford, (1952)
17. Vértigo, Alfred Hitchcock, (1958)
18. Metrópolis, Fritz Lang, (1927)
19. L’Atalante, Jean Vigo, (1934)
20. La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer, (1928)
21. The Horse in Motion, Eadweard Muybridge, (1878)

Alejandro Mos Riera is a Spanish polymath. Poet, writer, journalist, painter, photographer, musician and filmmaker.

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