Arturo Ripstein – Virgin of Lust aka Virgen de la Lujuria (2002)

 Arturo Ripstein   Virgin of Lust aka Virgen de la Lujuria (2002)

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Review
Highly stylized
Noted Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson) presents a highly stylized, almost stagebound, erotic melodrama about life in the 1940s in Mexico (filmed in the lush style of 1940s melodramas). It’s based on the story by Max Aub and penned by Alicia Paz Garciadiego. The narrative is in the form of a repetitious parable that is overlong, hitting many dull spots and at times insufferable to watch. It stays on message to show a series of themes (colonialism, class warfare, racial and idealogical divisions and revolutionary fervor in both Franco’s Spain and Mexico) based on real historical events and combines it with the fictional story of the willing enslavement to the upper-class of the peasant Indian Mexican named Nacho (Luis Felipe Tovar).
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Leobardo López Aretche – El Grito (1968)

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Banned until very recently, Arteche’s clandestine documentary chronicles a group of students’ movements in Mexico in 1968.

On July 22, 1968, two rival groups of male adolescent students fought each other in the Ciudadela neighbourhood of Mexico City; the next day the city government responded by sending policemen to stop the accompanying vandalism and to arrest the perpetrators. These riot police (granaderos) attacked the students so ferociously that protests were lodged. No one could have foreseen that both of these testosterone-driven events were the opening scene of the drama of the 1968 University-State conflict which climaxed in the Tlatelolco massacre.
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Juan López Moctezuma – The Mansion of Madness [Extras] (1973)

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A mysterious man is sent deep into the forest to investigate the bizarre behavior of the notorious Dr. Tarr. What he stumbles upon is the doctor’s torture dungeon, a hellish asylum completely cut off from civilization and presided over by the ultimate madman. Innocent people have been savagely chained, tortured and stuck in glass cages, then forced to take part in gruesome games of ritual slaughter.

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Zacarías Gómez Urquiza – Kid Tabaco (1955)

 Zacarías Gómez Urquiza   Kid Tabaco (1955)

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Synopsis: A young worker eager to earn money as a boxer enters and grows into star ring. His idol is Kid Snuff boxing, he does not know, but I admire both reaching imitate everything. Be conquered by a cabaret singer, former lover Kid, breaking up with his girlfriend with whom he is truly in love. There comes a point in their fight with Kid for the championship of Mexico, but to discover the relationships with singer, repents and returns with his girlfriend. Decides to leave the ring, whatever the outcome of the fight. Win Kid Snuff and the other is on the floor. When the doctor acknowledges, is that has died from the blows.
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Mario Garcia Torres – Tea (2012)

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Tea is an essay film documenting an artistic gesture surrounding Alighiero Boetti’s One Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. What does it mean to return to a place while visiting it for the first time? How a guest can become a host due to a years-late arrival? How far, really, is Afghanistan from Mexico? These questions, as they pertain to the relationship between Boetti and Mario Garcia Torres, are considered in the film. Continue reading

Rafael Baledón – El pantano de las ánimas aka Swamp of the Lost Souls (1957)

 Rafael Baledón   El pantano de las ánimas aka Swamp of the Lost Souls (1957)

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A small Mexican village faces the disappearance of a corpse. The dead man’s brother goes out to find his detective friend, a cowboy. However, he is killed by a gang that seeks to get the insurance money from the policy put on the dead man by his aunt. Meanwhile, a strange fish-man monster is stalking our heroes with the intent to kill! Can the cowboy solve the mystery in time?
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