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Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles

Alla en el rancho grande
September 23, 2017 -
December 10, 2017


Read about this series in the Los Angeles Times and LAist.


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Downtown Independent

This series takes place at the Billy Wilder Theater with reprise screenings at the Downtown Independent  >


For decades beginning in the 1930s, a vibrant Spanish-speaking cinema culture thrived in downtown Los Angeles where venues such as the Teatro Eléctrico, the Azteca, the Mayan and the Million Dollar Theatre were home to popular movies from the golden age cinemas of Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and other Latin American countries.  During its movie palace heyday, downtown was the undisputed capital of Latin American cinema culture in the United States.  Gradually, almost all these Main Street cinemas disappeared while many of the films they screened also fell out of distribution in the U.S.  Guided by Colin Gunckel’s recent history on this unique exhibition market, Mexico on Main Street (2015), and with major support from the Getty Foundation, the Archive set about to recreate the Spanish-language film culture of downtown as part of the Getty-led initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.  The result is Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960.  This significant survey of Latin American cinema includes exploitation titles, melodramas, historical epics, comedies, musicals, noirs and horror films, and features an array of iconic film stars including María Félix, Dolores del Río, Pedro Infante, Libertad Lamarque, Ninón Sevilla and Cantinflas.  The series will also feature a number of new restorations undertaken by the Archive and supporting institutions.  In keeping with the program’s inspiration, the Archive will present screenings at both its year-round home, the Billy Wilder Theater, and reprise screenings at the Downtown Independent, formerly the Azteca.  Learn about the Archive's other PST:LA/LA projects.

This program was curated by Jan-Christopher Horak, Colin Gunckel, Maria Elena de la Carreras and Alejandra Espasande Bouza.  Research assistance was provided by Paulina Suarez-Hesketh, Michael Ramos-Araizaga and Roberto Esteban Green Quintana.

Special thanks to: Roberto Esteban Green Quintana.

Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960 is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.  Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.  The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.


Preservation funds were contributed by The Packard Humanities Institute, RatPac Entertainment, and The Film Foundation.

We would like to thank our archival partners: Albino Álvarez Gómez (Filmoteca de la UNAM), Alejandro Pelayo (Cineteca Nacional de México), Viviana García Besné (Permanencia Voluntaria), Luciano Castillo (Cinemateca de Cuba), Fernando Peña (Buenos Aires), Marcela Cassinelli (Fundación Cinemateca Argentina), Paula Félix-Didier (Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken), María Ferrari (Argentina Sono Film), Sergio Rentero (Gotika) and Horacio Mentasti.

All films in this series are presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
 

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Enamorada

Enamorada  /  Allá en el Rancho Grande

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
El vampiro

El vampiro  /  Sombra verde

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Maria Candelaria

María Candelaria  /  Cita en la frontera

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
La virgen que forjó una patria

Contra la corriente  /  La virgen que forjó una patria

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

La vida bohemia  /  Verbena trágica

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
No dejes la puerta abierta

No dejes la puerta abierta  /  Castillos en el aire

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
El rey de los gitanos

La cruz y la espada  /  El rey de los gitanos

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

La casa de los millones  /  La dama duende

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Salón México  /  Víctimas del pecado

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Dos tipos de cuidado  /  Una familia de tantas

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

El día que me quieras  /  Así cantaba Carlos Gardel

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Romance tropical

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Ahí está el detalle  /  Calabacitas tiernas

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
El vampiro negro

El vampiro negro  /  Los tallos amargos

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Casta de roble

La Virgen de la Caridad  /  Casta de roble

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Asegure a su mujer

¡Asegure a su mujer!  /  Nada más que una mujer

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Eclipse de sol

Eclipse de sol  /  El cura Lorenzo

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
La Otra

La otra  /  En la palma de tu mano

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Santa

Santa  /  La mujer del puerto

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Enamorada

Enamorada

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater