Thursday, November 04, 2004

Cine Mexico at PFA in November & December


When I was in NYC this summer, Film Forum screened this festival of classic Mexican cinema, which features dozens of amazing films. The works run from the 1930's up to the late 1980's. Unfortunately, the great works by Bunel that he did in Mexico City in the '40's are not included, but from November 12 until about December 12, you can expect the unexpected.

I went to more than half a dozen films at the festival, guided by a general interest but never knowing anything about the movies and was knocked out at every screening. The films traverse an enormous thematic and stylistic landscape and many works, like "Aventurera", "Danzon", and "Tender Little Pumpkins" (among others) have fantastic scores and heaps of scenes where musicians are playing live on screen.

There's also "Frida", a meditative memoir on the life of the great Mexican surrealist by Paul Leduc, which I MUCH preferred to Julie Taymor's overly muscular effort a few years back (a film that seemed more fascinated with Diego Rivera than its principal subject). If you're a revolutionary, check out films like Leduc's "Reed: Insurgent Mexico" and others.

Highly recommended. This festival was one of the highlights of my summer.

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for specific showings and showtimes or grab a bright green calendar just about anywhere in the east bay.


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