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Mexican cinema from the golden edge in London

by Viridiana Marin Marin

Recently, the influence and success of Mexican filmmakers around the world like Guillermo del Toro (The shape of water)Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Revenant), Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), and Tatiana Huezo (Prayers for the stolen) have kindled Mexico’s film culture.

The golden age of cinematic culture in Mexico from the 1940s and 50s was an exceptional moment for the industry that released extraordinary films like ‘The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales’ (Spanish: El esqueleto de la señora Morales), directed by Rogelio A. González and written by Luis Alcoriza in 1960.

This film is one of the best Mexican black comedy films with some touches of noir film, inspired by the horror story The Islington Mystery by Arthur Machen, and is a must to see if you like the surrealism tone. ‘The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales’ is part of the Cinema Club Fosforo at Casa Latina.

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The screenings organised by the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom and the Latin American House in London, are projecting a different movie every last Thursday of the month. All these films have been remastered at the Cineneta Nacional de Mexico and include English subtitles. 

The next movie at Cinema Club Fosforo will be ‘The Pearl’ (Spanish: La Perla) from 1947, a Mexican-American film directed by Emilio Fernández based on the 1947 novella The Pearl by John Steinbeck, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

This film is a poem from the Mexican cinema about discrimination and the social conditions of Mexico during the 40s. This tale reflects the human being condition in which powerlessness and poverty confront agains power and wealth.

Date: 25th August 2022

Adress: 10 Kingsate Place NW6 4TA

Price: FREE

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