(Gabo, la magia de lo real) Justin Webster’s bio-doc, “Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez” traces the evolution of the Colombian Nobelist’s politics, his origins in journalism and his invaluable excursion into the magic-realist novel. Still, it’s more informative than innovative, with the genteel mix of interviews, archival footage and readings from his work making for earnest, dutiful going. With writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, Enrique Santos, María Jimena Duzán and Xavi Ayén; the New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson; biographer Gerald Martin and his sister and brother, Aída and Jaime García Márquez. 90m. (Ray Pride)
“Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez” plays Friday, December 11, December 13-14 and 16 at Siskel. The trailer is below.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.