Detroit Film Theatre

THE MEXICAN CINEMA: El Santo, Superstar

Thursday, September 29, 2011

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

The Mexican wrestling film plays a unique role in cinema history, and it was largely due to the amazing popularity of Rodolfo Guzmán, who gave up his "normal" identity when he first donned a mask to portray El Santo (The Saint) in what became a wildly popular series of films in which the brave El Santo faced such forces of evil as wolf women, mummies, Nazis from Atlantis and rampaging wax statues. In Anónimo Mortal (1972) El Santo is hired by a businessman to solve a series of murders in which the victims all receive a mysterious anonymous letter days before their death. In Santo y Blue Demon en la Atlanta (1970) the mind-controlling mechanisms of the vicious former Nazi scientist Rado lead El Santo and fellow superhero Blue Demon to a fantastic wrestling war to stop Rado and his henchmen from establishing an evil empire. In Spanish with English subtitles. Free admission. (Double feature, 170 min.) This program is made possible through the generosity of the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit

Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.