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Criticism of ‘The walls speak’, Saura through the times

‘The walls speak’, a search for the connecting threads between the first artistic representations in caves and the most refined contemporary graffiti.

    It is easy to understand Carlos Saura as a filmmaker who, after having made history in Spanish (and universal) cinema, has earned the right to dedicate himself to investigating what really catches his attention. Luckily for everyone, the Aragonese is making documentaries these private master classes that, although apparently specific one by one, form an unexpected image together.

    Thus, after analyzing like no one else the union of popular music with movement and color in titles such as ‘Flamenco, Flamenco’ (2010) and ‘Jota, de Saura’ (2016), now it is time to look at the most primitive aspect of art in ‘The walls speak’, a search for threads of union between the first artistic plastic representations found in caves and the most refined contemporary graffiti. From something as determined as the history of the painting on the wall, we end up wondering to what extent everything that by definition we understand as expendable is essential.. Seeing maestro Saura speaking with Juan Luis Arsuaga and with artists like Suso33 and Musa71, of course, it is.

    To continue emphasizing the necessity of the supposed uselessness of art

    The best: Saura investigates, learns and enjoys in front of the camera.

    The worst: we have to move away to understand the drawing.


    Address: Carlos Saura Country: Spain Year: 2022 Release date: 3–2-2023 Gender: Documentary film Script: Jose Morillas, Carlos Saura Duration: 70 minutes

    Synopsis: Under the personal and unique prism of the renowned Aragonese filmmaker, the evolution and relationship of art with the wall is portrayed as a canvas of creation from the first graphic revolutions in prehistoric caves to the most avant-garde expressions of urban art.

    Source: Fotogramas

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