D.F., 52 obras en un acto

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Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2006 - 654 pages
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Emilio Carballido (b. 1925) obtained a Master's degree in literature and dramatic arts at the University of Mexico. He has written or collaborated on more than 50 film scripts. This collection of one-act plays began as an exercise for teaching dramatic arts, until over the years their number reached 52. 'Originally, the collection had two different purposes, ' says Emilio Carballido. 'One more modest aim was; to provide drama students with material for their exams. The other, perhaps more presumptuous, was to compose a dramatic collage, a kaleidoscope of small acts comprising a very personal vision of my Federal District, my Mexico City as it grows and evolves like a living being.'

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Emilio Carballido is known primarily as a playwright and one of the leaders of a movement that revitalized Mexican theater during the 1950s and 1960s. Previously, Mexican theater had been derivative of European models. Carballido is responsible for breaking from the traditional realistic drama and introducing a surrealistic, fantastic world (one to which the Mexican novel had already turned) into the theater. At the same time, Carballido probes the nature of reality and of human responsibility. The play Theseus in the volume The Golden Thread (1957), is a twentieth-century version of the Greek myth, in which Theseus takes full responsibility for his actions. Theseus willfully neglects to put up the white sail of victory on his return from killing the Minotaur so that his father will hurl himself from the Parthenon and he will become king. The Clockmaker from Cordoba is a wryly comic vision of the fallibility of justice and the weakness of humankind. Like all Carballido's work, ultimately The Clockmaker from Cordoba expresses an abiding faith in a weak but essentially striving humanity.

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