It so happened that flew to Mexico in the past decade is the third time Accumulated experience, appeared dating, and, of course, first of all, I saw the new Mexican movies. They are in the country, if we consider only the artistic, out now about thirty years. Every visit to the ocean was not like the previous one. And now he had his own feature: find time to prepare the plot for «Kinopanorama.» About what? In Moscow, the director Xenia Marinina we decided, it will be necessary to deal in place …
Immediately after touchdown (the trip takes more than twenty hours a day and switch places with night) held a volatile meeting. It began with the fact that we have a representative «Sovexportfilm» Alexei Rastorovym made a plan of work for the next few days (rather, by the way, turned out to be stressful) and then we were joined by USSR Radio and Television correspondent in Mexico and cameraman Igor Goransky Julius Kuhn. It turned out that only one day, free me from the display and business meetings will be Sunday. Here on Sunday and decided to work for the «Kinopanorama.»
…Several cars we drove to the south of Mexico City and a half hour later, the wheels have raised the dust in the town of Ta Nang del Aire, which translated means «Tanango in the wind.» Indeed, the sun-scorched countryside relentlessly blown by the winds are smooth. Decoration horizon two half-asleep volcano. They are located next to each other, jammed its truncated cones snow caps. Do volcanoes have appeared simple, catchy name — one Iztaccihuatl. other — Popocatepetl …
Another three-kilometer country road and gaze opened a sort of squat stone fortress: old Mexican mansion, carefully restored, given in the proper form. It called the Local Hacienda. The walls, barns, residential buildings, a chapel stacked IE brown large stone. And near to us bypass the wall, hitting an unexpected contrast scattered picturesque and strict geometry of the oval, fresh silver color knit impressive size round dish antennas for space communications.
At the gate waiting for us lean, with unhurried gestures, a man of forty-five, in canvas trousers and a simple shirt — Silvio Vicente, the owner of hacienda that from that moment began to gradually reveal to us its secrets.
The heavy iron gates and locks parted as if reluctantly, letting in the estate. In the central building, where we immediately started looking for a place to shoot, discovered a long hall, immersed in a cool bright twilight, cleaned things amaze antique and exotic: the saddle and horse utensils, all trimmed masters, weapons and tools, works of art of the Mayan Aztecs and the prize for victory in the film and television festivals, chess sets made of obsidian and sea shell the size of a good barrel, model sailboats and ancient sculptures of elephants, made of dried-colored plates … In short, it was a museum, exhibits for which clearly They gathered from all over Mexico, and. It seems to be the repository of unique props for historical films, as long as it took them to create a unique national flavor.
Now I explain where we still got. For this purpose it is necessary to say a few words about the host hacienda about Silvio Vicente. He — the grandson of Vicente Lombardo Toledano, a prominent figure of the Mexican and international labor movement, which became in 1938, the chairman of the Confederation of Workers of Latin America, and in 1945 vice-president of the World Federation of Trade Unions, the former leader of the People’s Party of Mexico, a member of the World Peace Council. He was a prominent Marxist philosopher, a brilliant orator. I Loved, for example, to act on the squares in front of churches on religious holidays. Then the church is empty: all in a hurry to hear of Vicente Lombardo Toledano. «When he says -tserkov silent» .- stated holy fathers.
So. Silvio Vicente true precepts of his grandfather. He received a philosophical education, but the purpose of life has put the creation studio for the production of television films, defended the idea of national independence and the Mexican government in defiance of political and economic expansion of the northern neighbor, movies supporting progressive movements in Latin America. Man is not very rich, he still managed to get his, and Hacienda, where we come to prepare the page for «Kinopanorama,» it is precisely the studio. Huge stone barns converted in the pavilions here, the interior of an ancient little churches transformed into tonstudiyu with astonishing purity acoustics, there are assembling and crew "and recording equipment, with the latest technology. There is a cozy hotel, dining room, bar, so that the group, who came to make a movie, have a place to live and eat. There is a small car park, stables, and spread around the field: the yield from them is on the table in the living and working hacienda. Electricity here the water — too. And, incidentally, no phones. Communication with the outside world is only on the radio. Here is a kind of «Nautilus» Captain Nemo, not only in the ocean and on land, landed on the foot of the volcano, rearing over orange expanse of Mexican plateau.
— And do you put movies? — I asked Vicente.
— No, — he said — I’m not the director, I’m the producer.
— That is all that is around created here, it was your goal, you dreamed about it?
— Yes, I wanted it, and is happy that it is. We can be difficult, not enough funds. But I am an optimist. We do our job, it can not stop.
— On what territory you can transfer your movies?
— There, on vulkane., he pointed to the top of Popokatepetlya.- mounted transponder, it takes our signal and can pass it to anywhere in the country. At the entrance you see the antenna, we have satellite.
— But Vicente. probably, your work is not so safe for you. It can someone not like …
— Yes — just I agreed on.- I have ohrana.- added: — naked …
Wife Vicente former actress who left her career to be with her husband in his business. They have four children. Living here in the hacienda. I saw their rooms with cast-iron bars in the windows.
So he lives and works Silvio Vicente, the largest representative, and many call him a pioneer and an independent private television in Latin America.
What I spoke about the Hacienda and its inhabitants, of course, could not possibly meet our telestranichku. And yet, even if not directly show and indirect impressions of had to say on that particular attitude of mind in which I was referring to the movie camera, directed by Julius Kuhn. (Igor Goransky at this time selflessly served as sound engineer.) I talked about the fact that these places are covered with cinematic legends and traditions. Here Sergei Eisenstein worked when shooting his film «Viva Mexico!».