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Viva la Revolución! The Mexican Revolution on Film

When it began one hundred years ago, the Mexican Revolution was one of the first major armed conflicts of the 20th century. It was the first war to be captured on film, and the images of the conflict—spread throughout the world—put the nobility of the democratic struggle against the regime of Porfirio Díaz into the popular imagination of artists, writers, filmmakers, and audiences around the world. In conjunction with a year of celebrating the centennial of the Revolution, we are pleased to present a selection of Revolution-inspired works, including a rare screening of newly restored 35mm prints of Fernando de Fuentes’ classic Revolution Trilogy: EL COMPADRE MENDOZA (1934), PRISONER NUMBER 13 (1933), and LET’S GO WITH PANCHO VILLA (1936).

Special thanks to the Mexican Consul General, Portland, and Filmoteca de la UNAM, Mexico City, for making the films available.


Cuando se inició hace cien años, la revolución mexicana fue uno de los primeros grandes conflictos armados del siglo 20. Fue la primera guerra capturada en película.  Las imágenes del conflicto muestran al mundo la nobleza de la lucha democrática contra el régimen de Porfirio Díaz en la imaginación popular de los artistas, escritores, cineastas y espectadores de todo el mundo. A un a;o de celebrar el bicentenario de la Revolución Mexican, nos complacemos en presentar una selección de obras inspiradas en la Revolución, incluyendo una proyección exclusiva recién restaurada en 35 mm de la Trilogía clásica de Fernando de Fuentes 'Revolución: El Compadre Mendoza (1934), Prisionero número 13 (1933), y Vamos con Pancho Villa (1936).

Con un agradecimiento especial al Cónsulado de México en Portland,  a la Filmoteca de la UNAM, y a la Ciudad de México, por hacernos disponibles las películas.



Fri, Nov 26, 2010
at 7 PM

Sat, Nov 27, 2010
at 2 PM

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PRISONER NUMBER 13
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO DE FUENTES
MEXICO, 1933

“A hard-drinking, hard-living career officer, Colonel Carrasco is assigned control of a prison for political prisoners. Long ago abandoned by his family, Carrasco cares little for the world, his only real loyalty being to himself. A well-connected family whose son is one of Carrasco’s prisoners and sentenced to be executed manages to set up a deal with one of Carrasco’s friends through which they might be able to buy their son’s freedom, and in order to cover up the deal, another prisoner will simply be substituted for him. But as dawn approaches, something happens that forces Carrasco to reflect back on his life. De Fuentes ran into censorship problems for what was considered an unduly negative vision of a Mexican Army officer, but critical acclaim ensured its eventual release.”—Pacific Film Archive. “PRISONER NUMBER 13 captured the sense of tragedy that one must have felt during the Revolution, something resonant for a public for whom memories of those events were still quite fresh.”—Emilio Garcia Riera. (76 mins.)


PRISIONERO NUMERO 13
MEXICO, 1933
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO DE FUENTES

"Al coronel Carrasco se le asigna el control de una cárcel para presos políticos. Hace mucho tiempo fue abandonado por su familia, Carrasco le preocupa poco el mundo, su única lealtad es ser fiel asi mismo. Una familia bien relacionada, cuyo hijo es uno de los presos de Carrasco va ser sentenciado y ejecutado, se las arregla para establecer un acuerdo con uno de los amigos de Carrasco a través del cual podría ser capaz de comprar la libertad de su hijo, cubriendo la oferta, con otro preso. Pero a medida que se acerca el amanecer, algo sucede que las fuerzas de Carrasco hace que reflexione sobre su vida.

Fernando De Fuentes se encontró con problemas de censura por lo que se consideraba una visión excesivamente negativa por parte de un oficial del Ejército mexicano, pero fue aclamado por la crítica por su liberacion. "-Pacific Film Archive. "PRESO NÚMERO 13 captura el sentido de la tragedia que se debe haber sentido durante la Revolución, algo de resonancia para el público que aun tienen estos acontecimientos presentes."-Emilio García Riera. (76 min.)

Prior to the November 26 screening, join us for a free pre-film reception hosted by the Mexican Consul General of Portland. (6 p.m. - Andree Stevens Room)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with EL COMPADRE MENDOZA)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Fri, Nov 26, 2010
at 8:30 PM

Sat, Nov 27, 2010
at 3:30 PM

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EL COMPADRE MENDOZA
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO DE FUENTES
MEXICO, 1934

“Still revered as one of the great classics of Mexican cinema, the title character (beautifully played by Alfredo del Diestro) is a landowner who has learned to survive in the maelstrom of the Revolution: for the local officials, he’s a faithful supporter of the Mexican Army under Huerta, but for the revolutionary bands that show up at his ranch every few weeks, he’s a committed follower of Zapata. Yet even the best-run charade has its limits, and eventually Mendoza will be forced to take a stand. Laced with humor (Mendoza’s hanging and then removal of official portraits, depending on who’s coming to the ranch, is priceless and has often been imitated), yet always filled with a sense of foreboding, EL COMPADRE MENDOZA offers a revealing portrait of a complex, contradictory character as de Fuentes effortlessly weaves together the personal and the political.”—Pacific Film Archive. (85 mins.)


EL COMPADRE MENDOZA
MEXICO, 1934
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO DE FUENTES

"Aún venerado como uno de los grandes clásicos del cine mexicano, el personaje títuladado (maravillosamente interpretado por Alfredo del Diestro) es un terrateniente que ha aprendido a sobrevivir en la Revolución Mexicana: es un seguidor fiel del Ejército Mexicano en virtud de Huerta, pero para las bandas revolucionarias que se presentan en su rancho en algunas ocaciones, él es un seguidor comprometido con el gran general revolucionario Emiliano Zapata. Sin embargo, incluso la farsa mejor planeada tiene sus límites, y finalmente, Mendoza se verá obligado a tomar un bando. Mezclada con humor y mucho espiritu revolucionario, EL COMPADRE MENDOZA ofrece un revelador retrato de un problema complejo entre lo personal y lo político. "-Pacific Film Archive. (85 min.)

 

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with PRISONER NUMBER 13)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sat, Nov 27, 2010
at 7 PM

Sun, Nov 28, 2010
at 2 PM

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LET’S GO WITH PANCHO VILLA
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO DE FUENTES
MEXICO, 1936

Latin America’s first super-production, with epic battles, amazing train scenes, and thousands of extras, LET’S GO WITH PANCHO VILLA follows the story of five friends who together decide to cast their lot with the rising revolutionary forces led by Pancho Villa. Arriving at the train depot where Villa’s forces are gathering, de Fuentes creates an extraordinary portrait of those who would make the Revolution. The five friends throw themselves into the thick of the battle, eventually becoming part of Villa’s personal squadron, Los Dorados. Yet as the months grind on, the ideals that motivated the group to join the struggle come up against the realities of military strategy. By the time the film was released, the public showed little interest in stories of the Revolution, preferring instead a sentimental ranch musical, ALLA EN EL RANCHO GRANDE—curiously, also directed by de Fuentes—that would become Mexico’s first great international hit and create a template the Mexican film industry would follow for years to come. (92 mins.)


VAMOS CON PANCHO VILLA
MEXICO, 1936
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO DE FUENTES

"La primera súper producion de Latino America, con escenas de batallas épicas, en increíbles de trenes, y con miles de extras, LET'S GO CON PANCHO VILLA sigue la historia de cinco amigos que, juntos, deciden echar su suerte con las fuerzas  revolucionarias dirigidas por el general Pancho Villa. Al llegar a la estación de trenes donde las fuerzas de Villa se reúnen, Fernando De Fuentes crea un extraordinario retrato de los que haría la revolución. Los cinco amigos se lanzan en el fragor de la batalla, llegando a ser parte del escuadrón personal de Villa, Los Dorados. Sin embargo, con el paso del los meses los ideales que motivaron al grupo a unirse a la lucha los hace enfrentarse a la realidad de la estrategia militar. Al tiempo que se estrenó esta película, el público mostró poco interés en las historias de la Revolución, prefiriendo en su lugar un rancho sentimental musical, ALLA EN EL RANCHO GRANDE-curiosamente, también dirigida por de Fuentes, el cual se convertiría en el primer éxito internacional de México. (92 min.)

 

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with LA SOLDADERA)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sat, Nov 27, 2010
at 9 PM

Sun, Nov 28, 2010
at 4 PM

LA SOLDADERA
DIRECTOR: JOSÉ BOLAÑOS
MEXICO, 1966

“The Spanish term “soldaderas” refers to the women who followed men into combat during the Revolution, many of them wives of soldiers on the front lines. Sergei Eisenstein had planned to include a section devoted to the ‘soldaderas’ in his ill-fated production, QUE VIVA MEXICO, but the scenario was never shot. Under the Russian’s seminal influence, director José Bolaños crafts a fitting portrait of the women of the Revolution through the story of Lázara (played by frequent Buñuel collaborator Silvia Pinal) who faces the trials and tribulations of war with stoic grace.”—Pacific Film Archive. (88 mins.)


LA SOLDADERA
MEXICO, 1966
DIRECTOR: JOSÉ BOLAÑOS

El término "soldaderas "se refiere a las mujeres que siguieron a los hombres en combate durante la Revolución, muchas de ellas esposas de los soldados en el frente de combate. Sergei Eisenstein había planeado incluir una sección dedicada a las "soldaderas" en su producción filmografica, QUE VIVA MÉXICO, pero la pelicula nunca fue filmada. Pero gracias a la ayuda de la Federación Rusa, el director José Bolaños crea una composicion artesal de los retratos de las mujeres de la revoluciónarias a través de la pelicula Lázara (interpretado por Silvia Pinal). "-Pacific Film Archive. (88 min.)

 

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with LET’S GO WITH PANCHO VILLA)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sun, Nov 28, 2010
at 7 PM

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A WOMAN IN LOVE (ENAMORADA)
DIRECTOR: EMILIO FERNÁNDEZ
MEXICO, 1946

María Félix, widely regarded as the “most beautiful face in the history of Mexican cinema,” was a one-time lover of Diego Rivera and starred in a string of “moustache meets mantilla” melodramas in which her strong character is finally overwhelmed by a still stronger male. ENAMORADA follows the same theme but on a lighter note—a Mexican “Taming of the Shrew.” A revolutionary general rides into the conservative town of Cholula, near Mexico City, and while thinning the local aristocracy, falls head over heels for Beatriz (Félix), the hotheaded daughter of the town’s wealthiest reactionary. Revolution, religion, love, and humor mix in a mythic reformulation of national archetypes. (99 mins.)


ENAMORADA (A WOMAN IN LOVE)
MEXICO, 1946
DIRECTOR: EMILIO FERNÁNDEZ

María Félix, considerada por muchos como "el más hermoso rostro en la historia del cine mexicano," y amante de Diego Rivera protagoniza la serie de "bigote con mantilla" melodramas en los que su carácter fuerte es abrumado por un hombre aún más fuerte. Enamorada sigue el mismo tema pero en una nota más ligera, "La fierecilla domada." Trata de un conservador general revolucionario que llega a la ciudad de Cholula, cerca de la Ciudad de México, buscando desvanecer a la aristocracia del pueblo, pero se enamora de Beatriz (Maria Félix ), una de las hijas de los más ricos de la ciudad.  Esta pelicula mezcla muy bien los temas de momento revolución, religión, amor, y humor en una reformulación de los arquetipos miticos nacionales de ese tiempo. (99 min.)

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