Detroit Film Theatre

THE MEXICAN CINEMA: Cinematography and Literature

Thursday, October 06, 2011

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

Great literature has the maturity that both justifies and demands its translation into other languages; the cinematographic medium has long demonstrated the stamina and universality to take on that challenge. In 1943, Romulo Gallegos adapted his celebrated novel Doña Bárbera for director Fernando de Fuentes. The tale of a young law school graduate (Andres Soler) who becomes the romantic obsession of beautiful Venezuelan landowner (larger-than-life screen legend Maria Felix) is brought to vivid life through the radiant images of cinematographer Alex Phillips. Phillips' unique visual touch also contributed enormously to Santa (1931), the story of a humble young girl (Lupita Tovar) whose idyllic family life is shattered when she falls prey to the wanton desires of a visiting soldier. Federico Gamboa's acclaimed novel is superbly directed by Antonio Moreno. Spanish with English subtitles. Free admission. (Double feature, 212 min.) This program is made possible through the generosity of the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.