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The father’s response (“En Sol ”) functions as a tag to the joke. Sol is a homonym, designating in this instance both the musical note as well as the proper name of his love object. The interruption and elaboration of enunciative time results in a synchronous moment of homonymous equivocation. In the above joke structure, we can note how multiple temporalities are generated by the stutter, and a circular and linear temporality coexist: what appears to be repetition or a temporal loop proves to be a sequence of musical notes, only to culminate with a beat that functions as both the closure of the temporal loop and the continuation of a sequence, marked perhaps by Sandrini’s response, “Sí ”—both the Spanish word for yes and yet another musical note.
These early films offer several examples of suggestive discontinuities— jump cuts that fracture continuous space and time in a mode that is not necessarily disorienting but arguably forces the viewer to re-place herself in moving reality. In Don Quijote del Altillo (Manuel Romero, 1936), Sandrini continues building his persona of an idle if well-intentioned, 36 NILO FERNANDO COURET unattractive if decent young man living hand to mouth. His character, Eusebio, is unemployed and three months late on the rent on his altillo —an attic studio apartment.