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Synopsis

Pablo Tabernero (1910-1996) was a distinguished German-Jewish cinematographer during the Golden Age of Argentine cinema. He is recognized for his unique contribution to Film Noire and the works of directors like Carlos Hugo Christensen, Mario Soffici, Hugo del Carril, and Luis Saslavsky. His work has been recognized by Jorge Luis Borges and exhibited at the MOMA.  

Shortly before his death, Tabernero started to write the initial pages of an autobiography. These unfinished memories were preceded by a revealing title: "Scenes in the life of a wandering Je," which inspired writer-director Montes-Bradley to retrace the three decades before he arrived in Buenos Aires in an attempt to decipher his formative years and artistic evolution. In the process, the film gained with the reconstruction ofTabernero'ss social background, his formative years in Berlin and Mainz between the two great wars, and through the Weimar experience ending with Hitler's rise to power and the purge of Jewish cinematographers that forced him into exile with, some, to Barcelona. 

In Barcelona, Tabernero will work very closely with a large community of German expatriates that had founded production companies to recreate much of the spirit of the Weimar period in Berlin. But in 1636, the Spanish Civil War broke out, and Tabernero was "invited" to join the columns of Anarchists on the march to defend the republic against the fascists; from this experience, Montes-Bradley managed to salvage a considerable number of the political film of propaganda that would later serve as examples for the next two generations of insurrectional documentary film making in Europe as well as in Latina America, Africa and in the United States.  

 

The film concludes with the arrival of Tabernero in Buenos Aires in 1937, where he worked alongside the most influential filmmaker of the Peronist years, making a distinguished name for himself as one of the most accomplished Directors of Photography of all time.

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