Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Trece Martires: A Historical Film?

According to a review by Variety Edition, U.S.,  “one of the most expensive and highest-grossing Filipino films of all time, “Heneral Luna” is a rousing, warts-and-all portrait of Gen. Antonio Luna, the brilliant and brusque strategist whose command of troops in the Philippine-American War (1899-1902) was cut short by betrayal from within his own ranks. Anchored by a charismatic central performance by John Arcilla (“Metro Manila”) and peppered with exciting action sequences, the pic has the all-around energy to overcome the odd moment of bumpy storytelling and prosaic dialogue.  A worthy official submission in the foreign-language Oscar race and an entertaining history lesson for audiences everywhere, “Luna” reps an impressive achievement in large-scale filmmaking by prolific scripter-helmer-editor-composer Jerrold Tarog (“If Only,” 2007). Launched locally on Sept. 9, the pic grossed a whopping $5.3 million and has notched an impressive $200,000 on limited U.S. screens since October 30, 2015.”

Can there be a remake of stories of such kind that shall hit the film industry?  Antonio Luna’s success only proves that Filipinos here and abroad and even foreigners are interested to know the perspectives of Philippine History from the periphery.  What really happened in the past?  Later on other productions attempted to produced historical films, such as Aguinaldo and Bonifacio, in the hope of hitting the box office to equal or even surpass Antonio Luna’s record.  However, it turned out to be just any other ordinary film.  Maybe because the life story of Aguinaldo and Bonifacio are already well-publicized.  This only drives us to a conclusion that what the public are interested to view is something new, stories that were not yet produced in the box office.  Stories such as “Trece Martirez”?   

Maybe this could revive the film industry and at the same time preserve our national history for educational purpose.  The fact there were some youths who were not aware that Mabini is a polio victim   and raised questions about the other characters in the film Antonio Luna, only goes to show that the youth are not fully aware how did the 1896 revolution came about and who were the characters in the periphery. 

Mayor Melandres de Sagun of Trece Martirez, Cavite [4th from left] with Film Director Moises Lapid [3rd from left].

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