The Pérez Galdós House-Museum hosts on February 23, at 7:00 p.m., the presentation of the book of Josefina de la Torre ‘Memories of a star’, which was reissued by the Canary Islands Government in 2020 for the first time since its original publication in 1954, since the writer was the protagonist of the Day of the Canary Islands last year.
The presentation of the same will be the responsibility of Alicia mederos, a great connoisseur of the figure of Josefina de la Torre. She curated the exhibition ‘Josefina de la Torre: the last voice of 27’ and was the director of the events for the centenary of her birth, the program of which came together under the name ‘Josefina de la Torre: Modernism and Vanguard’.
This new edition of the work of the poet and actress from Gran Canaria (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1907 – Madrid, 2002), which will be released by the journalist Alicia Mederos, collects her experiences in the cinema without being an autobiographical narrative, since the protagonist, Bela Z, is described by the author with a distant look, from a subjective point of view. However, the context, the plot, the secondary characters and the atmosphere can be interpreted as giving off a certain revenge against the superficiality that, in the words of Josefina herself, enveloped the incipient Spanish film industry.
Josefina de la Torre’s passage through the cinema was intense but fleeting, barely five years in the early 1940s that gave her the opportunity to be in front of and behind the camera. Most of his films took place alongside his brother Claudio de la Torre, performing various tasks, including that of assistant director, although he was also required by other rising directors such as Julio de Flechner, José María Castellví or Edgar Neville.
The actress, screenwriter and assistant director left the sets in 1944, at the time of greatest success, after winning an award at the National Cinematography Awards for the script of the film ‘A heritage in Paris’, by Mexican director Miguel Pereyra, based on the novel ‘You are him’, signed by Laura de Comminges, that is to say, by the pseudonym Josefina de la Torre in the collection ‘The Ideal Novel’.
Among the films in which he participated is ‘First love’ (1941), ‘The white dove’ (1942), ‘And you, who are you?’ (1942), ‘Mystery in the marsh’ (1943), ‘The way of love’ (1943), ‘Life in a thread’ (1944) and ‘An inheritance in Paris’ (1944).
This reissued volume, which is part of the Agustín Espinosa collection, also includes the story ‘On the threshold’. ‘Memories of a star’ and ‘On the threshold’ were originally published in the editorial Cid more than 60 years ago, specifically in number 87 of the collection La Novela del Sábado, a serial series that the public waited on time every Saturday .
Alicia Mederos has a degree in Information Sciences (Journalism) and DEA in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid. Currently, she is a member of the Communication Department of the Canarian Autonomous TV, of whose Delegation in Madrid (FORTA) she was founder and served as a correspondent until 2017.
His dedication to Josefina de la Torre began in 1999, after meeting the author of ‘Poemas de la isla’ at her home in Madrid. Since then she has participated in numerous meetings and has published a long collection of articles and profiles on the Canarian writer.