One of the most famous classic black & white movie cinematographers in history was the late Gabriel Figueroa who left his mark on so many movies which are seldom shown on the big screen. But aside from Figueroa's beautiful "painted with light" type of film imagery, the classic 1943 MARIA CANDELARIA also boasts some very moving screen performances by Dolores Del Rio and Pedro Armendáriz. It was the first Mexican film to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix becoming the first Latin American country to do so. The story is about a young Indian woman who is constantly rejected by her own people for being the daughter of a prostitute. She and her lover, Lorenzo Rafael, face constant struggles throughout the film. They are very honest and hardworking, yet sadly nothing ever seems to go right for them.
Jono feels if you are not emotionally touched when you see MARIA CANDELARIA (even with its English subtitles)--both for the stunning cinematography, but also the legendary acting performances, then you just may not have a heart and soul.
This screening will be part of both the Motion Picture Academy's "Golden Age of Mexican Cinema" festival. (Unfortunately Jono will be traveling on business from Saturday, September 14 thru Wednesday, September 25 otherwise more rarely screened showings of these classic Mexican movies would have been included in our club's calendar, but you are urged to also see the most beautiful screen actress of all time named Maria Felix (even more beautiful on-screen than Elizabeth Taylor) in ENAMORADA which will be be also shown at LACMA on Friday night, September 20).
Jono drove down to San Diego several years ago for another rare 35mm of this movie--the first time he ever saw it on a big screen--and he was completely blown away from its beauty and innocent, real-life characters. At the screening he met the late cinematographer's son Gabriel Figueroa Flores Jr. (currently a successful photographer of his own accord) who shared memories of his father and his deep love of motion pictures.
Even if you are shy of subtitled films, you are urged to attend this very rare 35mm showing of MARIA CANDELARIA after which members will congregate at the museum's Stark Bar for food, drink and conversation. THIS IS A RARE SHOWING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY SO YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BUY YOUR TICKET ONLINE IN ADVANCE!
Please read more about legendary Gabriel Figueroa--who filmed 235 movies over 50 years--at the following weblink:
Salud to classic Mexican cinema--with some of the most beautiful black & white cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa ever captured on film (regardless of language or country!)
Admission: $10 general admission or $7 for LACMA members.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE (scroll down toward the lower part of the page!) at:
Parking: FREE in the museum's main underground parking structure IF you enter after 7 pm). Additional parking is available at the Petersen Automotive Museum and Page Museum at the LA Brea Tar Pits. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets with some restrictions. Look for posted hours and time limits.