Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
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A comic strip as harmless as Archie is easy to mock, even if its middle tone humor, between the absurd and the commonplace, was, to many, a bridge between the puerile and the adult. It’s harder to understand why it was such a huge hit in the US. Gerald Peary is a film critic, a documentarian, and was –and still is– a fan of the redhead teen and his friends in a semi-eternal high school. The film narrates how he came to discover what the real model for the small town of Riverdale and its inhabitants was, but also tells of something much more interesting: how those models are no more than a cover-up for another story. On his way, he will find the real Betty (remember? Archie loves rich girl Veronica and is loved by her blonde neighbor Betty) and another story will arise, one of a romanticism that is almost impossible in the vertiginous 20 th century. Incidentally, perhaps without even noticing, the film shows how a myth comes to life, and how the old idea of “finding the real reference” is just stupid. LMD’E

Section: Panorama
Thursday 16 - 17:45 h
Village Recoleta Room: 8
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Sunday 19 - 12 h
Village Recoleta Room: 8
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Spanish title: La Betty de Archie
Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Color: B&N + Color
Minutes: 70
Seconds: 0


D, G: Gerald Peary

F: Allie Humenuck, Alexsandar Sasha Lekic

E: Alexsandar Sasha Lekic, David Reeder

S: David Lefkowitz

M: David Lefkowitz, Kevin MacLeod

P: Gerald Peary, Shaun Clancy,
Ellen Poss


Shaun Clancy, Jeet Heer, Betty Tokar Jankovitch, Tom Moore, Natalie Pendergast


Big Sleep Films. Gerald Peary
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Gerald Peary Estados Unidos

He was born in New Jersey, USA, in 1944. He trained at the Rider University, got an MA in Drama from the University of New York and a PhD in Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With an extensive career as a critic, he directed the documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009), among others.

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