Tuesday, May 20, 2014

DEAN MARTIN, the Italian super male paradigm of masculinity.



Hey pallies, likes, likes today is one of dem days when we wishes that we had the gift of understandin' foreign languages, 'cause we have an amazin' three part Dino-essay to share with you from the pen of a gent tagged  Jose Luis Alcaide Elejalde who hangs his hat at a great great blog tagged, "RAICES PROFUNDAS," which translates into Deep Roots in English.

Likes we just just knows that we are missin' so much Dino-passion that is bein' lost in the translation and that is why we so so wishes we and all youse couldn't understand this Dino-prose in the original.

Today we share part 1 of Elejalde's thoughts that center on our Dino's decade long relationship with his comedic partner Mr. Jerry Lewis.   Jose, as his blog tag indicates is into deep deep roots, and this first section of his Dino-trilogy is deeply devoted to our Dino's deep deep relationship with Mr. Lewis.  A goodly portion of Elejalde's patter accents the image of our Dino and Jerry and the "organ grinder and the monkey."
We could go on and on 'bout Jose's incredible insights into the partnership, but we encourage each and ever one of you Dino-holics to takes it in for yourselves.

It is always always so so cool to find Dino-devotion of the international kind, and today and the comin' couple of day's Dino-sharin' is truly truly some of the finest we have ever been able to share here at our humble little Dino-pad.  ilovedinomartin salutes Mr. Jose Luis Alcaide Elejalde for his huge homagin' of our King of Cool....helpin' his readership and all us Dino-philes grows deeper and deeper into the life, times, and teachin's of our most most beloved Dino.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this Dino-gram....and be sure to return tomorrow and the tommorrow after that for parts 2 and 3 of this glorious Dino-devotion.  Dino-devotedly, DMP

DEAN MARTIN, THE ENIGMA "DEL organ." PART



During an interview, JERRY LEWIS, recreated a dialogue he had with his friend and artistic partner for ten years, DEAN MARTIN. The conversation took place in the "backstage" of the Fox Theater in San Francisco, sometime in the first half of the fifties ...

MARTIN said, "You think I do not know that people go out to buy popcorn when I sing ? ".
good "" - LEWIS replied - "To be completely honest, I was hoping you were well aware of this" ... "Well I am." - continued MARTIN - "nothing happens, win a fortune and I am a great star, because they will buy popcorn when I sing ".. Eventually end up caring. During the period 1949-1956, DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS, became the most famous comedy team of the United States. They hung the "sold out" in major clubs, theaters, casinos across the country. They succeeded, historical record audiences during his appearances on the small screen. In the premieres of his films at the Paramount Theater in New York, the police was forced to cut out traffic, to the flood of people that congregated there. They were a real mass phenomenon that marked an era. His professional career as a duo, began more or less officially, on July 26, 1946. Also the same July 26, but a decade later, had clinched by his artistic society. Perhaps from that space-time coordinate so amazingly coincidental, was when DINO CROCETTI PAUL (1917-1996), began to take himself seriously as an artist ... and this circumstance, I made ​​him nervous for the first time in its 39 years of existence, until then. The legendary temperance displaying CROCETTI in any situation, either positive or negative towards him that life arises, was significantly altered because "I take seriously" and therefore that the world managed to realize, the true extent of his talent was not an easy process for the big DINO.



Year 1949, the MARTIN & LEWIS fame is something unstoppable. All major movie studios
want to be with their services. Among them, the Metro Goldwyn Mayer. It would SAMUEL GOLDWYN, co founder of the well known company Lion, who commented: "The organ is not bad, but what do I do with the monkey?". In the end, it was Paramount who took the couple of the moment, or rather, HAL WALLIS, independent producer associated with Paramount. This name will be very familiar to fans of ELVIS PRESLEY. At July 1956, the issue had invested ...

"What About" the organ "? A" monkey ", he was considered the brains of this fortunate partnership. It was him who made ​​her laugh, so Therefore, the main architect of the success of the firm MARTIN & LEWIS. doubt not housed, in that, the chances of victory
LEWIS once dissolved the couple, they were one hundred percent. Instead, both public and Review in general, DEAN MARTIN "the organ", just gave him merit regarding their contributions to the artistic fabric of that glorious binomial "entretainers."

Not even - despite their hits and 1956 - estimates that it had as a singer, was very high. And in this last, it must include at FRANK SINATRA own ....

It was not until 1958 at which time the two "crooners" of Italian origin share taxiing on
tape VINCENT MINELLI, "As a Torrente "(1959), when SINATRA, MARTIN begins to perceive under a very different light, as shown on that first occasion, he had to see the couple, perform at the" Copacabana "in New York. According to witnesses, "The Voice" said: "The ITALIANINI is not very good, but the Jew is funny." Nobody seemed to have appreciated during those seven years of triumphant career, his cynical self-deprecating humor, or the wonderful velvety ductility your voice. Also - it is absurd to have to remember - they were a duo! For that "jumping monkey" come awake effectiveness and laughter in the audience, it is essential that the intervention "organ" is very accurate. You must know how to play the right keys, and wait for the right time to do it. It was something obvious, but I had enough of passing unnoticed by American audiences in general and even the DINO himself, appeared to be well aware of their value as irreplaceable piece ... Of course, if it was JERRY LEWIS. Numerous interviews in recent years, LEWIS, has left very clearly profess deep affection towards his former partner, praising the amazing ability to DEAN MARTIN treasured improvisation on stage ... Always, occurred in the same way. JERRY, appeared on the television course "Colgate Comedy Hour" program will show which became its main stars, with a new idea to develop and turn it into a new "gag". "The Jewish funny", it is explained quickly "to ITALIANINI not very good," and the latter invariably react with the customary poise .. "Let's try" .. To which Lewis replied .. "Yes, but in thirty minutes are in the air, there's forty million people watching us ".." Exactly - insisted MARTIN-"let's try it" .. "mean" - continued LEWIS - "what do you want to do this without having tested?" .. " Ready. "settled it .. MARTIN JERRY LEWIS, continuously telling: "Well, how great DEAN was taking him out as if he'd been rehearsing it for years. Do not put them in half, take it tasted like when me or give me the replica aside. I was left with my mouth open at how good it was ... And ninety-seven percent of the time, even he realized "... Neither the public, either. MARTIN," she did not even account ", or pretended not to, since, CROCETTI caught them on the fly. former Al" cupier "was not lost detail. Their incredible natural intelligence, gave him a huge assimilative capacity for performing arts. Perhaps there radicase the problem, if we can consider it as such. DINO, all developed in an easy manner, with no apparent sign of any effort. And without resorting to any kind of bombastic procedure. Such excessive slimness, can make you go through a Artist correct solvency getting cover many aspects of the tables, but failing to note, a representative form in any of them. was a difficult undertaking, that wonderful lightness of DEAN MARTIN sober, could stand in the middle of Lucid cartoonish histrionics JERRY LEWIS.



LEWIS When I refer to as "monkey", I am supporting the metaphorical resource used by GOLDWYN. In any case, I intend to be derogatory, quite the contrary, I consider him a genius, with masterpieces under his belt, as "The Nutty Professor" (1963) or "The Bellboy" (1961). The latter film, virtually silent, was among the favorites of the great master of humor of all time, Sir CHARLES CHAPLIN. Mr. "mono", is actually called Joseph Levitch (1926) and filled theaters for nearly two decades continuously - seven company "DINO" and the rest solo - nevertheless, as happened with the former teammate, was undervalued and poorly understood, an important sector of the review and American public. I've always had the feeling that the Spanish viewer could think a bit of the same with respect to their talent. Levitch is a great revitalization of the absurd and the "slapstick". His subsequent influence as a teacher of humor is universal. The character, created by the Jewish genius of New Jersey, remains innocent, funny and mischievous child, who feels frightened by the difficulties of the adult world, as this has lost all purity that the child remains. This makes it behave like a clumsy touching. This unrepentant stupidity, brings out the most vulnerable ourselves. Certain adults, without going any further, the tough guys of the Mafia, although he hired for their theaters, to include him in the lineup because was guaranteed success really detested "the monkey." On the other hand, the crowd, as he grew, he began to neglect his humor, hanging the label "for children." The older, have difficulty admitting that our human condition makes us lead on many occasions as "clumsy Primates". The laughter that raised LEWIS antics, sprang from the most hidden deep within us.



When combined with the adult, dry, cynical and smarmy DEAN MARTIN, an alliance emerged as bright as gold bullion in the sun. It all started as a joke, could not be otherwise clear, that spring night in 1946, in the "Havana-Madrid", a local Broadway. Improvised and suddenly began to interrupt DEAN JERRY acting, talking and even peering from the wings of the stage. Then, at the turn of DINO, LEWIS "he returned the ball." In the next nine months, gradually began to combine their respective numbers. The reason was due to demand from local, much more than an initiative of both. He had made a mutual friend in 1945, SONNY KING. KING, was a former boxer, trying to break through as a singer. One night JERRY strolling along the streets of Manhattan, casually encountered DEAN. Since then, the young comedian, stuck like glue to the captivating, but "something hard to peel," singer-comedian twenty-eight. Little by little, he managed to win their friendship. They agreed in the dressing rooms of many local, until he arrived that night in the "Havana-Madrid". A decade later, what started as a joke ended in a very serious way. They got to spend twenty years without speaking. It would be another great mutual friend of both, FRANK SINATRA, who would gather them for the last time. It was during a telethon that organized LEWIS, in order to raise money for muscular dystrophy. The chambers of the program recorded the time. He dean martin said on many occasions throughout his life, the two most important things he did in his career were: Partner with JERRY JERRY and separated.



DINO, joined LEWIS, was like those instruments forming stop rhythmic foundation of any orchestra. We just stand in the ear, however, if they fail to touch, our auditory system's sorely missing, as in the orchestral ensemble, we have the feeling that something substantial is missing, that provides body to the symphony. DEAN MARTIN, was an artist of such a fine, light, subtle, fluid, natural, "cool" texture, that people took a while to achieve an accurate assessment of his great talent. Good old Martin, in his years with the young genius of New Jersey, assumed his role (and I believe the ego of most of the stars, is not prepared to accept such a complementary role for so long, still getting a lot of success ). He just enjoy the scene, and "the sweetness of success." He applied pragmatism survivor. After all, being a superstar, but with little artistic credit, was infinitely better than transporting bootleg liquor, working as a laborer metallurgy, trauma to the ring, distributing cards in a casino, or being a singer second row radio show ...
On the other hand, the victory did not change much its vital existence, except that it had a lot more money ... Other than that, his life was spent as usual, ie, going to parties, reading comics and watching westerns, especially if they were from John Wayne .. Women? .. Sure! Only in this aspect, the victory never was he dodges, ie, their new status, not multiply their chances with the female gender more than before .. Always, were manifold. 's personal story of Martin, was a reflection of their ability artistic ... We could define it as: In a simple complexity. Because ... Who was Dean Martin? ... Is the "cool guy" in all eyes alight when it appears in any party? ... The friend that many men wanted to have on your side, with the hope that they stick some of that charisma that earned him wield the title of "King of cool"? .. A seemingly dispassionate artist, or conversely, delivered with underground outburst, to which most liked ? .. it was a marked accent or simply nihilistic, is that was all too aware of the tragicomedy of life, to believe in something more than a good joke? .. The eternal joker? .. Or well .. A taciturn, and intorospectivo man, whom he did not like as much as it might seem, the company of humans, preferring most of the time, lost in the background of a bar - not just any bar - and have the sole confidant, a J & B whiskey? .. But .. really was alcohol, or apple juice which contained his glass? .. Is drunk, or just pretending to do so? .. MARTIN was, what is known as a "man of the world" in whom are more compliant than any other, the maxim: "the experience is a" .. Or rather .. It was a simple type, whose exclusive were reading comics? What comics did you read? Because there are comics that are anything but "simple" .. Would you read the comics-books featuring MARTIN & LEWIS? ... When an artist dedicate a comic book, is strong evidence, that he has achieved the feat of be at least as famous as SUPERMAN. So, like this, but in a different sense, we can proclaim that has super powers of mysterious origin. Have out there, who suffered from claustrophobia CROCETTI DINO. One day, he decided the only enclosed in an elevator. He began to go up and down without stopping, by the lifting of that skyscraper, until it disappeared anxiety. I have no doubt ... The greatest heroism is overcoming oneself.



DEAN MARTIN, the Italian super male paradigm of masculinity. Irresistible to women. Came from a man's world, incapable of loving one woman from beginning to end. However, it was extremely gentlemanly and understanding, as they have witnessed on many occasions, can develop a great complicity with "the eternal feminine." Perhaps, the only friend of MARILYN MONROE not abused her. HONOR BLACKMAN, actress who became popular in the sixties, thanks to star in the legendary television series "The Avengers" and be "Bond girl" in "Goldfinger" (1964), coincided with "DINO" in the western "The first gun of the West "(1972). Remember, on that filming company MARTIN, the following:.. "He was really friendly, charming and every comma Writing you know, whether or not it his part was always joking, entertaining us with their songs, and made ​​us laugh so much I known few men and DEAN MARTIN ".. Anyway, I think this is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of popular art, imbued with a personal talent, which is an enigma within a joke. The joke is fascinating, but nobody should be fooled, because everything is very serious .. And it is not. GARY GRANT said that of: "Everyone is delighted with GARY GRANT, even I am delighted with GARY GRANT". Everyone was delighted with DEAN MARTIN .. CROCETTI would be happy with Dean Martin? ..

DEAN MARTIN, EL ENIGMA "DEL ORGANILLERO". PRIMERA PARTE

En el transcurso de una entrevista, JERRY LEWIS, recreó un dialogo que mantuvo con su amigo y pareja artística durante diez años, DEAN MARTIN. La conversación, tuvo lugar en el "backstage" del Fox Theater de San Francisco, en algún momento de la primera mitad de los cincuenta...
MARTIN dijo: "¿Te crees que no sé que la gente sale a comprar palomitas cuando yo canto?".
"Bueno" - contesto LEWIS -  "para serte totalmente sincero, esperaba que no fueras muy consciente de ello."..."Pues lo soy" - prosiguió MARTIN - "no pasa nada, gano una fortuna y soy una gran estrella, porque van a comprar palomitas, cuando yo canto".. Con el tiempo, terminaría por importarle.

Durante el periodo 1949-1956, DEAN MARTIN Y JERRY LEWIS, se convirtieron en la pareja cómica más famosa de los Estados Unidos. Colgaban "el no hay billetes" en los principales clubs, teatros, casinos de todo el país. Consiguieron, récords históricos de audiencia durante sus apariciones en la pequeña pantalla. En los estrenos de sus películas en el Paramount Theater de New York, la policía se veía obligada a cortar el trafico rodado, ante la avalancha de público que allí se congregaba. Fueron un autentico fenómeno de masas, que marcaron toda una época. Su andadura  profesional en calidad de duo, empezó mas o menos de manera oficial, el 26 de julio de 1946. También el mismo 26 de julio, pero de una década más tarde, dieron por finiquitada su sociedad artística. Quizás, a partir de esa coordenada espacio-temporal tan asombrosamente coincidente, fue cuando DINO PAUL CROCETTI (1917-1996), empezó a tomarse en serio a si mismo, como artista... Y esta circunstancia, le puso nervioso, por primera vez en sus 39 años de existencia, hasta aquel entonces. La legendaria templanza que exhibía CROCETTI ante cualquier situación, ya fuese negativa o positiva hacia su persona que la vida le presentase, se vio sensiblemente alterada, pues "tomarse en serio" y en consecuencia, que el mundo lograra percatarse, de la verdadera extensión de su talento, no fue un proceso fácil para el gran DINO.

Año 1949, la fama de MARTIN & LEWIS es algo imparable. Todos los grandes estudios de cine
desean hacerse con sus servicios. Entre ellos, la Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Sería SAMUEL GOLDWYN, co fundador de la archiconocida compañía del león, quien comentó: "El organillero no esta mal, pero, ¿Que hago con el mono?". Al final, fue la Paramount quien se hizo con la pareja del momento, o mejor dicho, HAL WALLIS, productor independiente asociado a Paramount. Este nombre, resultará muy familiar a los fans de ELVIS PRESLEY. Llegados a julio de 1956, la cuestión se había invertido...
"¿Que hacemos con "el organillero"? A"el mono", se le consideraba la cabeza pensante de aquella afortunada asociación. Era él, quien hacía reir, por lo tanto, principal artífice del éxito de la firma MARTIN & LEWIS. No se albergaba ninguna duda, en cuanto a que, las posibilidades de triunfo de
LEWIS una vez disuelta la pareja, eran del ciento por ciento. Por el contrario, tanto público como crítica en general, a DEAN MARTIN "el organillero", apenas le otorgaban méritos, respecto a sus contribuciones al entramado artístico de aquel glorioso binomio de "entretainers".
Ni siquiera - a pesar de sus hits hasta 1956 - la estimación que se tenía de él como cantante, era muy elevada. Y en esto ultimo, debemos incluir al propio FRANK SINATRA ....
No fue hasta 1958 momento en el cual los dos "crooners" de origen italiano comparten rodaje en la
cinta de VINCENT MINELLI, "Como un Torrente"(1959), cuando SINATRA, comienza a percibir a MARTIN bajo un prisma muy diferente, al manifestado en aquella primera ocasión, que tuvo de ver  a la pareja, actuar en el "Copacabana" de New York. Según algunos testigos, "La voz" dijo lo siguiente: "El italianini no es muy bueno, pero el judío es gracioso".

Nadie, parecía haber apreciado durante esos siete años de triunfal trayectoria, su cínico humor autocrítico, o la maravillosa ductilidad aterciopelada de su voz. Además - resulta absurdo el tener que recordarlo - ¡Eran un duo! Para que "los brincos del mono" cobren efectividad y despierten la carcajada en el espectador, es fundamental que la intervención "del organillero" sea muy precisa. Debe saber tocar las teclas adecuadas, y esperar el momento oportuno de hacerlo. Era algo manifiesto, pero debió de pasarles bastante desapercibido a la audiencia norteamericana en general, y ni siquiera el propio DINO, aparentaba ser muy consciente de su valor, como pieza irremplazable...
Por supuesto, JERRY LEWIS si lo era.

En numerosas entrevistas de los últimos años, LEWIS, ha dejado muy a las claras el profundo cariño que profesa hacia su antiguo compañero, elogiando la asombrosa capacidad de improvisación que DEAN MARTIN atesoraba encima de un escenario... Siempre, ocurría de la misma manera. JERRY, aparecía por el plato de televisión del programa "Colgate Comedy Hour", show del cual llegaron a ser sus principales estrellas, con una nueva idea que desarrollar y plasmarla en un nuevo "gag". "El judío gracioso", se la explicaba rápidamente "al italianini no muy bueno", y este último, invariablemente reaccionaba con el aplomo acostumbrado.. "Vamos a intentarlo".. A lo que LEWIS replicaba.. "Si, pero en treinta minutos estamos en el aire, hay cuarenta millones de personas viéndonos".."Exacto - insistía MARTIN- "vamos a intentarlo".. "Quieres decir" - proseguía LEWIS - "¿que quieres hacer esto sin haberlo ensayado?"..
"Esta listo".. Zanjaba MARTIN.

JERRY LEWIS, continua relatando: "Pues bien, lo genial de DEAN, era que lo llevaba a cabo como si  hubiera estado ensayándolo durante años. No se metía en medio, sabía como aguantarlo, cuando darme la replica o echarme a un lado. Yo me quedaba con la boca abierta al comprobar lo bueno que era... Y el noventa y siete por ciento de las veces, ni siquiera se daba cuenta"... Ni el gran público, tampoco. MARTIN, "ni siquiera se daba cuenta", o aparentaba no hacerlo, puesto que, CROCETTI las cogía al vuelo. Al antiguo "cupier", no se le escapaba detalle. Su increíble inteligencia natural, le otorgaba una enorme capacidad de asimilación para el arte escénico. Quizás, ahí radicase el problema, si podemos considerarlo como tal. DINO, todo lo desarrollaba de una manera fácil, sin rastro aparente de ningún tipo de esfuerzo. Y sin tener que recurrir, a ninguna clase de procedimiento grandilocuente.
Esta excesiva gracilidad, puede hacerte pasar por un artista de una correcta solvencia, que consigue cubrir muchos aspectos sobre las tablas, pero no logrando destacar, de una forma representativa, en ninguno de ellos. Era una empresa difícil, que la maravillosa ligereza sobria de DEAN MARTIN, pudiese sobresalir, en medio del lúcido histrionismo caricaturesco de JERRY LEWIS.

Cuando me refiero a LEWIS, como "el mono", me estoy apoyando en el recurso metafórico empleado por GOLDWYN. En ningún caso, es mi intención ser peyorativo, más bien al contrario, le considero  un genio, con obras maestras en su haber, como "El profesor chiflado"(1963), o "El botones" (1961). Esta ultima cinta, prácticamente muda, se encontraba entre las favoritas del gran maestro del humor de todos los tiempos, Sir CHARLES CHAPLIN. El señor "mono", se llamaba realmente JOSEPH LEVITCH (1926) y llenó las salas de cine durante casi dos décadas ininterrumpidamente - siete en compañía de "DINO" y el resto en solitario - a pesar de ello, al igual que sucedió con su ex compañero, fue infravalorado y poco comprendido, por un importante sector de la crítica y público estadounidense. Siempre, he tenido la sensación de que al espectador español, le ocurría un tanto de lo mismo, respecto a su talento. LEVITCH, es un gran revitalizador del absurdo y el "slapstick". Su influencia posterior como maestro del humor, es universal.

En el personaje, creado por el genio judío de New Jersey, permanece el niño inocente, divertido y travieso, que se siente asustado ante las dificultades del mundo adulto, pues este, ha perdido toda la pureza que el niño conserva. Ello, le hace comportarse como un conmovedor patoso. Esta torpeza impenitente, saca a relucir lo más vulnerable de nosotros mismos. Ciertos adultos, sin ir más lejos, los tipos duros de la mafia, aunque le contrataban para sus salas de espectáculos, porque incluirle en el cartel era garantía de éxito, realmente, detestaban "al mono". Por otro lado, parte del público, a medida que fue creciendo, empezó a desdeñar su humor, colgándole la etiqueta de "para niños". A los mayores, les cuesta admitir, que nuestra condición de seres humanos,  nos hace conducirnos en muchas ocasiones, como "Primates patosos". Las carcajadas que suscitaban las payasadas de LEWIS, surgían de lo más oculto y profundo de nuestro interior.

Al combinarse, con el adulto, seco, cínico y zalamero DEAN MARTIN, surgió una alianza de lo más brillante, como lingotes de oro expuestos al sol. Todo empezó como una broma, no podía ser de otra  manera claro, aquella noche de primavera del año 1946, en el "Havana- Madrid", un local de Broadway . Improvisada y repentinamente, DEAN empezó a interrumpir la actuación de JERRY, hablando e incluso asomándose desde las bambalinas del escenario. Después, en el turno de DINO, LEWIS "le devolvió la pelota". En los siguientes nueve meses, paulatinamente empezaron a conjuntar sus respectivos números. La razón, fue debida a una demanda de los locales, mucho más que a una iniciativa de ambos. Les había presentado en 1945 un amigo común, SONNY KING. KING, era un antiguo boxeador, que trataba de abrirse paso como cantante. Una noche paseando junto a JERRY por las calles de Manhattan, se toparon casualmente con DEAN. Desde entonces, el jovencito humorista, se pegó como una lapa al cautivador, aunque "algo duro de pelar", cantante- cómico de veintiocho años. Poco a poco, consiguió granjearse su amistad. Coincidieron en los camerinos de muchos locales, hasta que llegó aquella noche en el "Havana -Madrid". Una década después, lo que había comenzado como una broma, terminó de una forma muy seria. Llegaron a pasar veinte años sin hablarse. Sería otro gran amigo común de ambos, FRANK SINATRA, quien les volvería a reunir por ultima vez. Fue, durante una maratón televisiva que organizaba LEWIS, con el fin de recaudar fondos para la distrofia muscular. Las cámaras del programa, registraron ese momento. DEAN MARTIN, declaró en muchas ocasiones a lo largo de su vida, que las dos cosas más  importantes que hizo en su carrera, fueron: Asociarse con JERRY y separarse de JERRY.

DINO, unido a LEWIS, era como esos instrumentos que forman pare de la base rítmica de cualquier orquesta. Apenas nos destacan en el oído, no obstante, si dejan de tocarlos, nuestro sistema auditivo los echa mucho a faltar, pues dentro del conjunto orquestal, tenemos la sensación de que ha desaparecido algo sustancial, que le proporciona cuerpo a la sinfonía. DEAN MARTIN, era un artista de una textura tan fina, liviana, sutil, fluida, natural, "cool", que la gente tardó un tiempo en lograr una  precisa valoración de su grandioso talento. El bueno de MARTIN, en sus años con el joven genio de New Jersey, asumió su papel (y creo que el ego de la mayoría de las grandes estrellas, no está preparado para aceptar un rol tan complementario durante tanto tiempo, aún obteniendo mucho éxito). Se limitó a disfrutar en escena, y de "las mieles del éxito". Aplicó el pragmatismo del superviviente. Después de todo, ser una súper estrella, si bien con poco crédito artístico, estaba infinitamente mejor que transportar licor de contrabando, trabajar  como obrero de la metalurgia, recibir golpes en el ring, distribuir cartas en un casino, o ser el cantante de un programa radiofónico de segunda fila...
Por otro lado, el triunfo no cambió gran cosa su existencia vital, exceptuando que disponía de mucho más dinero... A parte de eso, su vida transcurrió como siempre, es decir, acudir a fiestas, leer tebeos y ver westerns, sobre todo si eran de John Wayne .. ¿Mujeres?.. ¡Claro! Solo que en este aspecto, la victoria nunca le fue esquiva, o sea, su nuevo estatus, no multiplico sus posibilidades con el género femenino más que antes.. Siempre, fueron múltiples.

La peripecia personal de MARTIN, era un reflejo de su capacidad artística... Podríamos definirla como: De una sencilla complejidad. Porque... ¿Quien era DEAN MARTIN?... ¿El "tipo cool", en el que se posan todas las miradas cuando aparece en cualquier fiesta?... ¿El amigo que muchos hombres querían tener a su lado, con la esperanza de que se les pegara algo de ese carisma, que le valió detentar, el titulo de "Rey del cool"?.. ¿Un artista aparentemente desapasionado, o por el contrario, entregado con soterrado arrebato, a lo que más le gustaba?.. ¿Había en él, un marcado acento nihilista o sencillamente, es que era demasiado consciente de la tragicomedia de la vida, como para creer en algo más, que un buen chiste?.. ¿El eterno bromista?.. O más bien ..  ¿Un hombre taciturno, e intorospectivo, al cual, no le gustaba tanto como podría parecer, la compañía del ser humano, prefiriendo la mayor de las veces, perderse en el fondo de una barra de bar - no de cualquier bar - y tener como único confidente, a un whisky J&B?.. Pero.. ¿Realmente era alcohol, o zumo de manzana lo que contenía su vaso?.. ¿Se emborrachaba, o tan solo fingía hacerlo?..  ¿Era MARTIN, lo que se conoce como un "hombre de mundo", en quien se cumple más que en ningún otro, la máxima de: "la experiencia es un grado"?.. O más bien.. ¿Se trataba de un tipo simple, cuya exclusiva lectura eran los tebeos? ¿Que tebeos leía? Porque hay comics que son cualquier cosa, menos "simples".. ¿Leería los comics- books protagonizados por MARTIN & LEWIS?... Cuando a un artista le dedican un tebeo, es la prueba evidente, de que ha logrado la hazaña de ser, al menos, tan famoso como SUPERMAN. Por lo tanto, al igual que este, pero en un sentido diferente, podemos proclamar que posee súper poderes de procedencia misteriosa. Cuentan por ahí, que DINO CROCETTI padecía de claustrofobia. Un buen día, decidió encerrarse el solo en un ascensor. Empezó a subir y a bajar sin parar, por el elevador de aquel rascacielos, hasta que desapareció la ansiedad. No me cabe duda...
El mayor heroísmo, es la superación de uno mismo.

DEAN MARTIN, el súper macho italiano, paradigma de la masculinidad. Irresistible para las mujeres. Provenia de un mundo de hombres, incapaces de amar a una sola mujer de principio a fin. Sin embargo, fue extremadamente caballeroso y comprensivo, como han atestiguado en muchas ocasiones, capaz de desarrollar una gran complicidad con "el eterno femenino". Tal vez, el único amigo de MARILYN MONROE que no abusó de ella. HONOR BLACKMAN, actriz que se hizo muy popular en los sesenta, gracias a protagonizar la mítica serie de televisión "Los vengadores" y ser "Chica Bond" en "Goldfinger"(1964), coincidió con "DINO", en el western "La primera ametralladora del oeste"(1972). Recordaría, sobre aquel rodaje en compañía de MARTIN, lo siguiente: "Era realmente amable, encantador y se sabía cada coma del guión, fuese o no su parte. Estaba siempre bromeando, nos entretenía con sus canciones, y nos hacía reír muchísimo. He conocido pocos hombres como DEAN MARTIN".. En fin, creo que estamos ante una de las personalidades más enigmáticas de la historia del arte popular, imbuido de un talento personal, que es un enigma dentro de una broma. El chiste es fascinante, pero nadie debe llamarse a engaño, porque todo es muy serio.. Y no lo es.

GARY GRANT dijo aquello de: "Todo el mundo esta encantado con GARY GRANT, hasta yo mismo estoy encantado con GARY GRANT". Todo el mundo estaba encantado con DEAN MARTIN.. ¿CROCETTI estaría encantado con DEAN MARTIN?..

8 comments:

Always On Watch said...

The translation is quite accurate.

Always On Watch said...

But the words sound better -- more musical -- in Spanish.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes how cool to a language expert likes yourself on board our little Dino-ship...I guess what we were sayin' is that the translation doesn't flow like the original one would we are guessin'
Thanks Miss AOW...and, of course, keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW, didn't see your second comment before we made our response...youse sez it so so well....we're missin' the lyrical nature of the original! Keeps goin' Dino-forward!

Always On Watch said...

DMP,
I'm a Spanish major. **wink**

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Miss AOW I do remember that Dino-fact...someday when you are free of other educational demands, it woulda be so so cool to have you translate some Dino-devotion from Spanish into English....I'm sure yours woulda be cooler then the pallies at google. Keeps lovin our Dino!

blueiscoool said...

Thank you my friend for this wonderful post!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Scott

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Scotty, dude knew a Dino-holic likes you woulda truly truly the depth of Dino-devotion shared by our newest pallie Jose. Likes hopes you have or will partake of the other two posts of this amazin' Dino-trilogy! Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!