Juan Marigorta: 'I love the dreamlike power of 'Zabriskie Point' by Antonioni'

By Juan Marigorta. March 1, 2013

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At Estudios Tripolares in Leon, the producer Juan Marigorta is in his element in the audiovisual field. His areas of work encompass photography, advertising (with spots for the Spanish Ministry of Public Works or the Spanish Red Cross) and music too. Aside from putting images to melodies by Cooper and the award-winning The Bright, his most recent projects have seen him producing the official music videos for the new single by Quique González, 'Tenía Que Decirlo', and Leon singer Fabián. Antonioni, Pink Floyd, Francis Ford Coppola and Jean-Luc Godard all feature in this visual selection that its curator presents to us in ten bite-sized chunks.






'Performance' - Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg

I was studying audiovisual communication in Madrid and one day, during English, the teacher put a film on for us. It blew me away. I remember the teacher telling us they had got the visual effects just right at the bit when they take LSD. I wouldn’t know…haha.





'Life Your Life' - Jean-Luc Godard

I think this was the first Godard film I saw and I’ve been a fan of his ever since. It’s the way he plays with the viewer using impossible frames, and I was captivated by those philosophical dialogues in French. He always went one step further when it came to exploring cinematic language but I must confess I prefer his earlier work.
 




'Zabriskie Point' - Michelangelo Antonioni

It might not be Antonioni’s best film but it’s my favourite. I love how it transports you to another place, its evocative and dreamy power. No wonder I named the the band music I formed several years ago after it. I couldn’t believe it last summer when I went to where it was filmed, in Death Valley.
 




'Apocalypse Now' - Francis Ford Coppola
The film. It has it all. The day I went to see it at the cinema when they released the Redux version (which was not at all reduced, quite the opposite in fact) I came out transformed. Amongst many other magnificent aspects of it, it’s worth mentioning how impressive the photography by Storaro is.
 




'Woodstock' - Michael Wadleigh

This documentary film makes essential viewing for a music fan. Aside from the acts by the groups, which are brilliantly filmed, I find the more narrative part that gradually puts you in situ fantastic as well. I don’t even want to think about how much the film editors must have suffered when they were editing all of that material from multiple cameras in the pre-digital era...
 




'Pink Floyd. Live At Pompeii' - Adrian Maben
I might be wrong but I think it was the first time anything like this had been done - deliberately taking a whole film crew and a portable sound recording studio abroad to film a concert without an audience.

 



'Heima' - Sigur Ros - Dean Deblois
I’m sure Dean Deblois and Sigur Ros had seen the Pink Floyd film before making this. In my view, it’s an evolution of the former, more stylised and astoundingly beautiful.

 



'Loser' - Beck

Un collage loco y underground lleno de energía. Now we’re getting right into the field of music videos. I’ve always liked the surrealism that this video exudes. It’s an underground and crazy collage bursting with energy.

 



'Bitter Sweet Syimphony'  - The Verve

I think I was 18 when this video came out. I was hooked from the start. I felt the need to walk along the streets in a straight line without stopping for anything...

 



'Yellow' - Coldplay

This is a clear example of how a good song accomplishes it all - pure simplicity that works. I just started thinking about the video for No surprises by Radiohead which could easily feature on this list. There are so many more I could mention...
 

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