Review of “Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano”: Behind the Scenes of Spanish Music Production



There are songs, stories, characters. You have to have a great cast and a director in the midst of things that can fall apart. We’ve seen the stage production process onscreen with documentaries like Every Little Step. Revolution Rent from HBO and Hamilton’s America from PBS. And Making Malinche is now streaming on Netflix, apparently capturing the same thing.

It’s like a seed that we have planted in our heads since childhood:

That we were conquered, lost, betrayed, it is all this woman’s fault, said actress Melissa Barrera. It refers to the story of Malinche, the musical namesake of Nacho Kano. Which is an imaginary love story by Malinche. A Navajo slave often referred to as a traitor to help Spain conquer the Aztec Empire. And the conqueror, Hernan representing Cortes.

Kano moved to Miami while working on Malinche and composed compositions at dawn. Put your heart and soul into the project. He hopes to correct the misunderstanding of Malinche’s story and our perception of the Spaniards and Aztecs. Although the dangers of such romantic nostalgia arise in his mind. With the help of historians, musicians, artists, actors and others, we will have a complete picture of this version of the story. As well as the work that Kano and all his collaborators have done to bring Malinche to life.

Make Malinche is a slogan. Although the movie only appears for about 90 minutes. He spends so much time painting a beautiful picture of the music maker. Nacho Kano, may the heart of the story end in Leiden. In honor of the film, I enjoyed seeing Malinche’s directing, probably in large part. Because the flashes we got from him in the documentary were so overproduced. I can’t really help but wonder how he managed to do it in the form it was intended to be.

I wonder if Malinche is another case of some nasty stuff from the past being a fictionalized cover art:

Which is not that surprising). Malinche’s story is certainly very interesting. And the Making Malinche finds it suitable. When it allows historians to shed light on the importance of these figures in the spotlight. On the other hand, things drag on as Making Malinche appreciates; There are a lot of horrible recordings of Kano on piano or torn guitar or whatever I have to play. The portraits of such artists are very tired and what makes the documentary interesting is what they all have in common. There he sings.

Doing Malinche looks like a music video from the 90s, with hockey transitions, slow motion, and weird angles. Perhaps the documentary will take a stronger step in the hands of a more competent director. Still, he feels disconnected and confusing and almost forgotten when he decides to fall into a particular rabbit hole. If it came out 20 years ago, Making Malinche. What could have been a great example of a behind-the-scenes music documentary, but 2021 isn’t working. It was more like, “Look how amazing this guy is!” “Rather than” This is what music does to us! Malinche might be a great musical, but you can’t make such an impression just because of this documentary.

While it’s really fun watching the creative process of composing a piece of music. Doing Malinche lacks meaning. It makes documentaries like Revolution Rent so touching and captivating.



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