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Mexican Film Festival

March 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Join us in celebrating the rich history of Mexican cinema with three screenings of films from The Golden Age through Nuevo Cine Mexicano. Mexico, perhaps more than any other Latin American country, boasts a long history of cinematic tradition and success. Its Golden Age lasted from the 1930s to the 1950s, and spawned indelible figures such as María Felíx, Dolores del Río and Pedro Infante. Learn why Mexico has twice won the Cannes Film Festival and annually hosts the prestigious Guadalajara International Film Festival.


11am – Ahi Esta El Detalle (That’s the Point!) 1940

An outstanding comedy from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, this film propelled beloved actor Mario “Cantinflas” Moreno into international stardom. The storyline centers on a housemaid working for a wealthy family. When she tasks her boyfriend (Cantinflas) with killing a vicious dog, the situation becomes complicated when he is mistaken for the maid’s brother, who happens to be a bloodthirsty killer! That’s the Point! proved to be a hit and contributed to the success of Mexico’s growing film industry at the time. Critics consider it to be one of Mexico’s best comedies of all time.

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro
Cast: Cantinflas, Joaquin Pardave, Sara Garcia, Sofia Alvarez
Runtime: 112 minutes, black & White

1pm – Aventurera (The Adventuress) 1950

In this Mexican drama/musical, beautiful, young Elena tries to start a new life for herself but unwittingly falls into a lurid life of prostitution and nightclub dancing. Before long, Elena decides she’s had enough and attempts to claw her way out of the seedy underbelly that has trapped her. The Adventuress is considered a masterpiece among the “rumberas film”, a genre that featured dancing with Afro- Caribbean roots and  flourished during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Director: Alberto Gout
Cast: Ninon Sevilla, Tito Junco, Andrea Palma, Ruben Rojo, Miguel Inclan
Runtime: 101 minutes, black & White


3pm – La Tercera Palabra (The Third Word) 1956

Margarita, a teacher, is hired by two aunts to teach Pablo, their 24 year old nephew who has lived on a mountain isolated from civilization for most of his life and neither reads or writes. Inevitably, romance blossoms between Pedro and Margarita, much to the aunts’ dismay.  Pablo is heir to a great fortune, and his aunts are not entirely pure in their intentions, as they try to have him declared mentally ill in order to gain his inheritance. Margarita, aware of the situation, attempts to help him but when it becomes known that the lawyer hired to strip Pablo of his inheritance had affairs with Margarita, it further complicates things. The Third Word stars Pedro Infante, hailed as one of the greatest actors of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, and an idol of Latin American people.

Director: Julian Soler
Cast: Pedro Infante, Marga Lopez, Alejandro Casona, Prudencia Grifell
Runtime: 110 minutes, black & White


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March 9, 2019
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Lamb Room
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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