Detroit Film Theatre
THE MEXICAN CINEMA: Fernández and Figueroa
Saturday, September 17, 2011
2:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre
In commemoration of two historic events in Mexico's history, the bicentennial of the independence movement and the centennial of Mexican Revolution, the DFT is pleased to join with the consulate of Mexico's Cultural Affairs Department to present a number of significant gems from Mexico's rich cinematic history. Admission is free to all films in the Mexican Cinema series, which will continue on Thursday evenings through October 13.
This first program consists of a pair of classic works directed by Emilio Fernández (known by his colleagues as El Indio) and photographed by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa. La Perla is an acclaimed 1945 adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Pearl, starring Pedro Armendáriz and Maria Elena Marqués. Las Abandonadas (1944) is the daring and involving tale of a desperate woman (Dolores del Rio) rescued from a bordello by a revolutionary general (Pedro Armendáriz) who's fascinated by her beauty. Yet few things are as they seem in this involving melodrama, full of unexpected twists and turns. Spanish with English subtitles.(Double feature, 180 min. total)