Mexican Film Double Feature
María Candelaria (1943, dir. Emilio Fernandez, 96 mins., NR) | 7 pm
Modisto de Señoras (1969, dir. René Cardona Jr., 85 mins., NR) | 8:45
Enjoy two very different examples of classic Mexican cinema, presented in partnership with the Indianapolis Consulado de México. María Candelaria is a melodrama about a hard working young Indian woman (Dolores del Río) rejected by her own people for being the daughter of a prostitute. It was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival where it became the first film from a Latin American to win the Grand Prix; it later won a Silver Ariel award for Best Cinematography. Modisto de Señoras is a bubbly late-60’s sex farce—replete with ascots, bikinis and bouffants—about a successful fashion designer (Mauricio Garcés) who seduces married women while he pretends to be gay in order to avoid arousing suspicion among his clients’ husbands.
Both films shown on DVD, in Spanish with English subtitles.