Detroit Film Theatre


El COMPADRE MENDOZA

Saturday, July 10, 2010

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

Mexico/1933—directed by Fernando de Fuentes (85 min.)
 
The superb Alfredo del Diestro is perfectly cast as a hacienda keeper named Mendoza, a practical man who switches allegiance between Zapata’s revolutionary army and repressive government forces whenever he feels his survival is at stake. Fuentes’ entertaining adventure is both a pioneering work of Mexican cinema and a not-so-distant ancestor of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. In Spanish with English subtitles.
 

DFT 101: Cinema Mexicano In honor of this year’s bicentennial commemoration of the founding of the Republic of Mexico, the DFT is proud to present a selection of films in celebration of Mexico’s rich cinematic history. Classics by directors such as Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez, Fernando de Fuentes and Luis Buñuel will be presented with special introductions on selected Saturdays at 4:00 pm. Cinema Mexicano Saturday matinees are free with museum admission. We’re equally delighted to host a premiere of the acclaimed new dramatic comedy Nora’s Will from director Mariana Chenillo – winner of seven Ariel Awards (Mexico’s "Oscars") including Best Picture and Best Screenplay of 2009.