Detroit Film Theatre


EL COMPADRE MENDOZA

Saturday, October 30, 2010

4:00 PM

Mexico/1933—directed by Fernando de Fuentes (85 min.)

The superb Alfredo del Diestro is perfectly cast as army lieutenant 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 thematic ancestor of Kurosawa’s classic about another man who courted danger by playing both sides against the middle, Yojimbo. In Spanish with English subtitles.

“One of the great accomplishments of the Mexican cinema.” –Georges Sadoul, Dictionary of Films
 

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. Cinema Mexicano Saturday matinees are free with museum admission.