Rare wrestling movie, a crossover between the lucha and blaxploitation genres. The story involves black dockworker Pedro getting mixed up with a gang of arms smugglers and falsely imprisoned on a charge of murder. He is finally released and Mil Máscaras convinces him to become a luchador, wrestling under the name of “Black Power”.
This movie was made as a showcase for former Mr. Olympia Sergio Oliva (who boasted a physique El Santo and Blue Demon could only dream of) and is actually a pretty legitimate drama compared to some of the off-the-wall lucha pictures being made at that time. Still, it reeks of the 1970’s with its loud fashions, garish color schemes and campy nightclub acts. Like many wrestling films of this era it was shot outside Mexico as a cost-cutting measure, in this case Venezuela. Continue reading Alfredo B. Crevenna – El poder negro (Black power) (1975)
The restoration of Margot Benacerraf’s brilliant 1959 tone poem ARAYA, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film’s first showing at the Cannes Film Festival, will change the face of Latin American film history. Although it shared the Cannes International Critics Prize with Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour, ARAYA was never picked up for widespread distribution. Rarely shown, this masterpiece was largely forgotten by the film world. Milestone’s North American theatrical premiere and worldwide release in 2009 will give audiences the chance to rediscover Benacerraf — a powerful and distinctive voice in the history of cinema. Continue reading Margot Benacerraf – Araya (1959)
The Orinoko: main character in the film. The first part is set during the pre-conquest and is represented as an earthly paradise. A shaman has precognitive visions: go to Columbus and the Catholic missionary in 1498. Continue reading Diego Rísquez – Orinoko, nuevo mundo (1984)
“the group” revisited by Agnès Varda., 30 May 2002
Sidney Lumet’s “the group”(from Mary McCarthy) was,in its own special way,some kind of woman’s lib manifesto.Here the group is a two-person team but we see them live during a pretty long time,from 1962 to the mid-seventies.It’s interesting to notice that abortion was legal in France only in 1975,thanks to minister Simone Veil.
Agnès Varda’s last feature film was “les creatures” a work for highbrows.”L’une chante,l’autre pas” is a return to an accessible ,more palatable style.All things woman’s lib indeed.Of the two characters ,Suzanne,played by beautiful Thérèse Liotard,is by far the most endearing:her path ran into difficulties,even tragedies:her lover’s suicide,her parents’ despise who treated her like a dog,her affair with a married man…Pomme is a singer who wants to be free,but she acts like a bubblehead girl:marrying an Iranian,were he the most liberal of them all, is not perhaps the right move.. Continue reading Agnès Varda – L’une chante, l’autre pas aka One Sings One Doesn’t (1977)