Showing posts with label Macario. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Macario. Show all posts

Friday, June 21, 2013

5 Classic Mexican Horror Films You Can Watch Online

I've been meaning to share this list here for almost a year now since writing about my uncle, the movie projectionist.

While researching Mexican films, for the Macario post, I came across a bounty of full length, black and white, scary movies that you can watch online. Perfect for a stormy movie night!

The very first Mexican horror movie was based in what is definitely Mexico's best known ghost story:1933's "La Llorona", the crying woman

 

"La Llorona" begins in modern day Mexico (in the 30s), at the birthday party of the son of Dr. Ricardo De Acuna (Ramón Pereda) and his wife Ana (Virginia Zurí). Everything is fun for the kids, but Ana and her father Don Fernando De Moncada (Paco Martínez) are worried about an ancient curse that hangs over their family, in which is stated that the first son of a Moncada will die horribly as a child, victim of "La Llorona". 

As a man of science, Ricardo doesn't believe in this, so Don Fernando begins to narrate the dark origins of the legend, beginning with the story of Ana Xicontencatl (Adriana Lamar), a noble princess of Aztec heritage who gets romantically involved with a womanizing Spaniard named Rodrigo De Cortéz (Alberto Martí) in the times of Colonial Mexico. However the Moncada curse goes beyond the years of Spanish rule over Mexico. via W-Cinema




The Hell of Frankenstein is an odd four-part TV mini series stitched together into the story of a mad scientist, who creates a remote-controlled monster and sends it to terrorize the city.




Mysteries of Black Magic: A stage magician, pitted against woman in peril; her lover is the hero. In a crypt, a woman and her assistant keep the revered body of their contemporary warlock-master whose sexual jealousy triggers the climax as the witch falls for the Hero and abducts him.



The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales is a 1960 Mexican black comedy film based on Arthur Machen's 1927 short story "The Islington Mystery". It is regarded by critics as one of the ten best Mexican films of all time. via Wikipedia



Macario is a 1960 Mexican supernatural drama film directed by Roberto Gavaldón and starring Ignacio López Tarso. It was the first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language. The story centers on Macario, a poor indigenous woodcutter, during Colonial Mexico, who lives enraged for being so poor.It is based off of the story of brothers Grimm Godfather Death. via Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Mexican Film Macario & My Uncle the Projectionist

When I was a little girl, my uncle worked as a cinema projectionist, operating the movie projector in a local New York City movie theater. Whenever, I visited my grandparents, especially during the holidays, he would bring out his old movie projector and show films right onto the back wall of the house for all of us, young and old, to see together. It was great and I have so many happy memories of these special private screenings.

One movie we saw that has always stuck in my head was Macario (Mexico, 1960).


The story of Macario, a poor starving mexican woodcutter, who dreams of eating a whole roast turkey by himself. It weaves a tale of magical realism, in which encounters with the Devil, God, and Death with unexpected results. It is based on the novel The Third Guest by the writer known as B. Traven. The first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film in a Foreign Language, Macario is a must-see.


It's funny because I never thought these private family screenings out of the ordinary or especially cool back then but now I look back and see how my upbringing shaped me (my love of the arts, culture and media, technology, and foreign language cinema) and how very lucky I am.


 
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