The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

El Cine del Oro #28

Santa Claus
(Rene Cardona; 1959)


Anonymous said...
This film (en Ingles) on YouTube

swac said...

Anybody else have Christmas warped forever by this childhood "classic"?

Santa vs. Satan. Too bad they left out El Santo.

Vanwall said...

How this differs from Hollywood Xmas flicks, most of which have their own qualities of dreck, speaks volumes for the skewed acceptance of Yanqui commercial products that are given their own interpretations once they cross the border. The Santa is about as Coca-Cola as he can get, something unknown in indigenous Mexican folklore, but is thrown into the mix just like the whole consumerist ideal that hovers in the background of a film that totally ignores the grinding poverty that existed for most Mexicans at that time.

This film has to be seen for its level of badness to be believed, like "Prince of Space", or "Howard the Duck", but it's unique in its take on the gringo Christmas spirit - who else would throw in El Diablo, the staple Mexican bogeyman, for a counter to the twisted "goodness" of Santa. It had a fairly large budget for a Mexican kid's film from that era, and looked pretty good for what it was worth, which was mebbe a peso or two, at least as a movie.

It was shown in various forms on TV when I was kid in Arizona over the years, but it only took one viewing as a kid to be able to avoid it for ever after, but it was always fun to recommend it to an unknowing victim. Hehe!

SomeNYGuy said...

Personally, I only watch movies filmed in Mexiscope.

Anonymous said...

I remember this one! It appeared on MST3K! This was one of the Mike episodes, and the second Christmas movie after "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." The episode can't top the hilarity of Crow's carol, "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas," but the movie itself is a hoot. And it's a bit bizarre, too.

Another unwitting classic for MST-ies everywhere.