Tag Archives: Mexican Cinema

Un-Cannes-y Valley: The Exterminating Angel

the-exterminating-angelA little switch-up, if you will, because I couldn’t watch a 1961 Cannes film at pace, but will get to it soon enough. So 1961 and 1962 have been flipped, after which the order shall return to normal…

Luis Buñuel’s triumphant return to Spain after many years working in Mexico was short-lived but unequivocally rabble-rousing. The lone film he produced was as provocative a film as the world has ever seen. 1961’s Viridiana won the Palme d’Or, was rapturously received by critics, and revolted the Spanish government right from under their noses. The production was, charitably, pure havoc, subject to rigorous and ruthless censorship, and produced with the help of tricks and masquerades on Bu>ñuel’s behalf. It is one of the quintessential works of world cinema, by all means, but it came with a toll. Jagged knives aimed at the Spanish government, it seems, couldn’t but get a little blood on Buñuel’s face. Continue reading

Film Favorites: Y Tu Mama Tambien

With Alfonso Cuaron playing in the big leagues of sci-fi superstardom these days, it’s easy to forget where he came from. His earlier Mexican films didn’t gift him with the toybox he would later accumulate for big-budget affairs such as Gravity, but his rambunctious, sensory-heavy craft was on display from the beginning, and from the beginning he was producing more subtly radical works that didn’t insist so heavily on their filmic adventurousness. All these years later, with three good to stunning English-language blockbusters under his belt, his greatest achievement may still be a little film about two boys, a woman, and the Mexican countryside. Continue reading