Posted by paulrivas on:
Barcelona is the coolest city in Spain, and has a tradition of anarchism and squatters. Comic artists are unreliable fringe weirdos. Sex was big in the sixties. We all know these things to be true, yet who among us had ever heard of Manuel Vázquez Gallego, the original comic con?
Óscar Aibar addresses this oversight with El Gran Vázquez, a biopic by focused on the mid-1960s life of the anarchistic debtor bigamist comic artist. The film celebrates the picaresque scams Vázquez pulled in Barcelona as w ell as the comic strip they inspired, all at a time when Franco was executing subversives by firing squad. At the film’s resolution we learn that although he never had any money and went to jail three times, Vázquez still managed to treat seven women right and have 11 kids.
If you enjoyed Fletch, Crumb or the tv series Big Love, El Gran Vázquez is exactly the kind of movie you should brave the megaphones for.
Go see The Great Vazquez at the Metro 4 Monday 1/31, 8:05am or Wednesday 2/2, 1:20pm.
UPDATE: Apparently everyone read this and went and saw it and told other people, and now there's been a screening added Thursday at 10:30.