pablo-neruda-film
Neruda Film

Neruda: A Famed Chilean Poet's Captivating Life And Chase With The Goverment

In 'Neruda' you read deeper in between the lines of  Pablo Neruda's classic poetry, and how he lived his life amid political scrutiny. 

In Neruda, director Pablo Larrain takes a unique approach to telling the famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda’s story. The film isn’t like any other biopic you’ve seen. While it’s on Neruda, the story is from the perspective of detective Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) who pursues Neruda in 1948 for publicly criticizing and condemning Chilean President Gabriel González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Due to his radical communist views, Neruda (played by Luis Gnecco) became an enemy of the state.

It’s a wild goose chase, equally revealing as it is thrilling. Larrain does a brilliant job at showcasing Neruda as raw and human as possible. The dreamy ideal of a sensitive writer fighting political persecution is romanticizing, but it isn’t all who Neruda, the person, was. The film showcases the poet succumbing to the trappings of hedonistic desires with women, and even food. “Neruda was a wonderful cook and was an expert on wine, an expert on literature, an expert on crime novels,” Larrain told The New York Times.

Visually, the film is a scene of gray clouds and dark skies that resemble the political turmoil of the time. The Spanish and English subtitles give the film a richer, authentic feel. Alongside Neruda, is his artist wife, Delia (played by Mercedes Moran)—their relationship seems cold and aloof as he challenges her own artistry, making his art seem superior. Moreover, Neruda becomes too involved with himself to appreciate her everlasting support, despite his betraying ways.

It must be noted that the poet’s work has long been widely received by the masses. His rhythmic vignettes about love and politics became popular among the workers who adored him. The government tried to dim his light, but his work and person eclipsed their authority.

One of his muses, Detective Peluchonneau, became the subject of several of his writings; Peluchonneau takes as much a front seat as Neruda in the film. You get the sense that he too strives for a famed legacy, even if they are barely seen together on screen. You feel his commanding prowess as you hear him narrating.

Because this isn’t a straight-forward biographical film, it seems like somethings might have came from pure imagination. It's that poetic license, however, that makes the story all the more compelling. “Biopics are so dangerous,” Larrain says. “I have enjoyed very few of them. Believe me, I read four biographies, I read his autobiography; it’s a beautiful book. I talked to people who met him, I read hundreds of essays on his life and I made a movie that’s called Neruda. And I can tell you right now that I have no idea who he was because he’s ungrabbable, impossible to put in a box."

One of Neruda’s most famous lines—And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us—he describes his relationship with Peluchonneau; each city representing each difference difference between each man, and their respective motives. Yet the political atmosphere is the same dark evening they coexist in; it’s exactly what brings them together—for better or worse.

Neruda had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
It screened Oct. 5 at the New York Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

Popular Celeb Spot 'La Marina' Shut Down After Drug Bust

Adored by celebrities like French Montana, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio, New York hot spot La Marina might be closing its doors for a good after a drug bust led to a suspension of their liquor license.

A statement released Dec. 6 by the New York Liquor Authority (SLA) broke down the case, which overlapped with an investigation by the NYPD in July. Bar manager Christian Mendez, 33, was arrested in November on felony charges after he was caught selling large amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs to undercover NYPD detectives. Their investigation into the venue also revealed 72 violations of the state liquor law like selling liquor to minors and impaired customers.

Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Lily Fan condemned the venue and hope to yank their liquor license for good. “When a bar manager is able to traffic and sell these types and quantities of narcotics from within an establishment it is incredibly alarming," Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano said.

“Licensees have a responsibility to ensure their establishments are operating within the law, and the SLA is obligated to take emergency action as it is clear that this licensee has failed to take any meaningful actions to protect the public.”

La Marina was also hit with sixteen violations of the ABC Law, including seven counts of operating disorderly premises for permitting the trafficking of controlled substances, six violations for fire, health and more safety code violations. Their inspection grade in July was something close to an F minus for mishandlings of food, shoddy plumbing and the presence of mice and flies.

The venue has been a staple in the area since its opening in 2012, attracting big celebrities and brands like Red Bull and HBO. The New York Post notes La Marina has a 15-year lease, where they make up to $7 million a year in revenue.

Their social presence hasn't acknowledged their current status, but their calendar for upcoming events has been scrapped from their website.

READ MORE: DJ Collective WeAreHouse78 Are Making The Best Party Ever...At 9AM

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Judge Awards Cardi B Release Without Bail After Alleged Bartender Attack

Cardi B reported to court Friday morning (Dec. 7) in efforts to resolve an ongoing court case, which stems from an alleged altercation back in August at a Queens strip club involving two bartenders named Jade and Baddie Gi.

Prior to attending court, the "Money" MC was threatened to face jail time by the judge in charge of the case if she missed today’s court date. She reportedly had a court appearance on Monday (Dec. 3) that she failed to report to.

In October, the Bronx rapper (born Belcalis Almanzar) turned herself in to authorities after being accused of orchestrating a physical attack on the servers at Angels Strip Club. Per TMZ, she was arrested for two misdemeanor charges: assault and reckless endangerment.

One of the bartenders, Jade Gi, was accused of having an affair with Cardi’s (now possibly estranged) husband, Migos member Offset. The “She Bad” rapper was released without bail. Prosecutors reportedly wanted to charge her with a $2,500 bail, but the judge felt she wasn’t a flight risk, meaning she wouldn’t leave the country before the case is over in its totality.

However, the judge did warn Cardi to have “no contact” to Baddie and Jade Gi, after he granted both an order of protection against the 26 year-old. She’s also not allowed to make any threats or comment on the two on social media.

Cardi is reportedly scheduled to head back to court sometime next month.

Continue Reading
YouTube

Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

Watch the video for "Dancin" below.

Continue Reading

Top Stories