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Mexico

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Las abandonadas (Mexico, 1944)
Director, Emilio Fernández. Cast: Delores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Víctor Junco, Paco Fuentes, Arturo Soto Rangel, Charles Rooner. A woman abandoned by her husband is obliged to do all kinds of work until she falls into the trap of prostitution. She has a son and manages to bring him up, paying his schooling without him knowing it. At the end, he mistakes her for a beggar and gives her money. In Spanish without English subtitles. 97 min. DVD X4569
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¡Ahí Está el Detalle! (Mexico)
Director, Juan Bustillo Oro. Cast: Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Alvarez, Dolores Camarillo. Cantinflas finds himself pretending as Mrs. Cayetanos long lost brother Leonardo, whom they needed to find in order to claim a considerable inheritance. The real Leonardo's girl friend shows up and demands marriage to the father of her eight children. Spanish dialog, no English subtitles. DVD X1493; vhs 999:1740
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Pilcher, Jeffrey M. Cantinflas and the chaos of Mexican modernity / Jeffrey M. Pilcher. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Chicano Studies; Moffitt PN2318.C3 P55 2001)

Los albañiles (The Bricklayers)(1976)
Directed by Jorge Fons. Cast: Katy Jurado, Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Jaime Fernandez, José Alonso, Salvador Sanchez, José Carlos Ruiz. The night watchman at a construction site is murdered and the police think his death is merely a cover for another crime. During the police investigation the corruption, the robberies, the act's of infidelity, the envy and the bad treatment that the workers receive from the overseers is revealed. 113 min. DVD 9348
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Allá en el Rancho Grande. (Mexico, 1948)
Director, Fernando de Fuentes. Cast: Jorge Negrete, Lilia del Valle, Eduardo Noriega, Lupe Inclan. Depicts the music and romance of daily life in rural Mexico. Some English subtitles. vhs 999:1731
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Alamar (To the Sea)(Mexico, 2009)
Director, Pedro González-Rubio. Cast: Jorge Machado, Natan Machado Palombini, Nestór Marín, Roberta Palombini. Jorge has only a few weeks before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman's life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea. 73 min. DVD X7318
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Alsino and the Condor (Alsino y el Cóndor) (Nicaragua / Cuba / Mexico / Costa Rica, 1983)
Director, Miguel Littin. Cast: Dean Stockwell, Alan Esquivel. Set in Nicaragua, this film depicts the clash between Central American governments and Sandinista rebels. It is the story of a boy's dream of flying above the Some English subtitles. 89 min. vhs 999:1862
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García Márquez, Gabriel. Clandestine in Chile : the adventures of Miguel Littín New York : H. Holt, c1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks F3100 .G375131 1987)

Amar te duele (Love Hurts) (2002)
Director, Fernando Sariñana. Cast: Luis Fernando Pena, Martha Higareda, Ximena Sariñana. In a story of social class differences, a rich teenage girl falls in love with a poor teenage boy in Mexico City. They must fight against peer pressure, prejudice, and her parents that want to send her to Canada, to try to save their love. 104 min. DVD 7508
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American Visa (Mexico | Bolivia, 2005)
Director, Juan Carlos Valdivia. Cast: Demián Bichir, Kate del Castillo. A man travels to La Paz, Bolivia to seek a tourist visa to the U.S. with hopes visit his son, and perhaps stay permanently. But when he meets a beautiful woman and begins to fall in love, he must make the hard decision of whether to go or to stay. Based on the novel by Juan De Recacoechea. 90 min. DVD X4381
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Amores Perros (2000)
Director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García, Goya Toledo, Alvaro Guerrero, Vanessa Bauche, Jorge Salinas. Three different people are catapulted into dramatic and unforseen circumstances in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's designer pooch disappears into the apartment's floorboards; and an ex-radical turned hit man rescues a Rotweiler with a gunshot wound. 153 min. DVD 1132
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
National Board of Review - Best Foreign Language Film

Amaya, Hector. "Amores perros and racialised masculinities in contemporary Mexico." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p201-216, 16p UC users only
Arroyo, José. "Amores Perros." Sight & Sound; May2001, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p39-40, 2p
Chang, Chris. "Amores Perros" Film Comment. Mar/Apr 2001. Vol. 37, Iss. 2; p. 72 (1 page)UC users only
Cooper, Rand Richards. "Killing time." Commonweal. Jun 1, 2001. Vol. 128, Iss. 11; p. 19 (2 pages)UC users only
Kroll, Juli A. "The Cinergetic, Experimental Melodrama: Feminism and Neo-Machista National Consciousness in Mexican Film." Studies in Latin American Popular Culture; 2007 Issue 26, p27-46, 20p UC users only
Podalsky, Laura. "Out of Depth: The Politics of Disaffected Youth and Contemporary Latin American Cinema." In: Youth culture in global cinema / edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.Y6.Y68 2007)
Reber, Dierdra. "Love as Politics: Amores Perros and the Emotional Aesthetics of Neoliberalism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Dec2010, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p279-298, 20p UC users only
Sánchez-Prado, Ignacio M. "Amores Perros : Exotic Violence And Neoliberal Fear." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies , Mar2006, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p39-57, 19p; UC users only
Tierney, Dolores. "Alejandro González Iñárritu: director without borders." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p101-117, 17p UC users only

El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (Mexico, 1962).
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Enrique Rambal, Lucy Gallardo, José Baviera, Augusto Benedico, Antonio Bravo, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique García Álvarez, César de Campo, Rosa Elena Durgel. After a lavish dinner party in a stately mansion, the guests believe themselves unable to leave the premises. As the days pass, the elaborate facades of their social positions collapse and they are forced to live like animals. Finally discovering they are actually free to leave, they go to church to give thanks, where they are again trapped. Based on the story "Los náufragos de la calle de la Providencia" by Luis Alcoriza and Luis Buñuel. Special DVD features: "The last script: remembering Luis Buñuel", a 2008 documentary featuring Jean-Claude Carrière and Juan Luis Buñuel; new interviews with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and actress Silvia Pinal ; theatrical trailer ; a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and a reprinted interview with Buñuel. 92 min. DVD X1134; vhs 999:242
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Angelitos negros(Mexico, 1970)
Directed by Josélito Rodríguez. Cast: Manuel Lopez Ochoa, Martha Rangel, Titina Romay, Juanita Moore. Ana Luisa De La Fuente is a beautiful, rich Mexican senorita. But she is also filled with vanity, and has a cruel heart. She is racist and prejudiced against black people, and that is why she hates her nanny, Nana Merce. But what Ana Luisa doesn't know is that Nana Merce is her real mother. When Ana Luisa meets famous singer Juan Carlos Flores, they fall in love and marry but when Ana Luisa bears a child she is horrified and angry when her baby girl turns out to be black. 112 min. DVD 8978
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¡Así Es Mi Tierra! (1937)
Director, Arcady Boytler. Cast: Cantinflas (Mario Moreno), Manuel Medel, Antonio R. Frausto, Mercedes Soler. With revolutionary Mexico as a backdrop, a successful local rancher returns triumphant from the war to the praise of townsfolk, and "El General" is ready to take a wife. However the senorita of choice already has fallen for a secret admirer, and a boyhood rival who is threatened by the General's popularity. In Spanish without subtitles. 90 min. DVD 2195
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Pilcher, Jeffrey M. Cantinflas and the chaos of Mexican modernity / Jeffrey M. Pilcher. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Chicano Studies; Moffitt PN2318.C3 P55 2001)

Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino (Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer) (Spain | Mexico, 2002)
Directed by Isaac-Pierre Racin, Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann. Aro Tolbukhin is a Hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in Guatemala. The movie looks back at his life to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 98 min. vhs 999:3919
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Así es la vida (Such is life) (2000)
Directed by Arturo Ripstein. Cast: Arcelia Ramirez, Luis Felipe Tovar, Patricia Reyes Spindola, Ernesto Yañez, Francesca Guillen. Poor and uneducated, Julia lives in a seedy barrio in Mexico City where she practices homeopathic medicine and performs abortions to support her family. When her husband abandons her for another woman, Julia's world crumbles. She is thrown out of her apartment by her landlord -- soon to be her husband's new father-in-law -- and her children are about to be taken away from her. With the help of her godmother, she plans to take revenge on her low-life, opportunistic husband. 98 min. DVD 8577
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Mora, Sergio, de la. "A Career in Perspective: An Interview with Arturo Ripstein." Film Quarterly Jul 1999, Vol. 52, No. 4: 2-11. UC users only

Atlético San Pancho (Never Too Young to Dream) (Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Alberto Gout. Cast: Héctor Suarez, Plutarco Haza, Lumi Cavazos, Luis Felipe Tovar, Giovanni Florido, Erich Harrsh, Adrián Sol, Valeria Uribe. The game of soccer is all but dead in San Francisco del Monte, a small Mexican village once known for producing famous soccer players. A group of kids, helped by the town's janitor, form a team that mananges to kick their way to a national championship. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 105 min. vhs 999:3921
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Aventurera (1950)
Directed by Alberto Gout. Cast: Ninon Sevilla, Tito Junco, Andrea Palma, Ruben Rojo, Miguel Inclan. Elena tries to make a new life for herself after her mother leaves her alone, but she is drugged, seduced, and forced to work as a dancer/call girl in a Mexican nightclub. She soon rises to stardom as a dancer, but still plots revenge and escape. 101 min. DVD 2815
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¡Ay que bonitas piernas! (1949)
Directed by Gilberto Martinez Solares. Cast: Germán Valdés (Tin Tan), Rosita Quintana, Gloria Alonso, Nelly Montiel, Jorge Reyes. A bankrupt business mogul who is avoiding his creditors organizes a musical starring beautiful women from Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Spain. However, they all fall in love with him, and he must now balance them and the musical with no money. In Spanish without English subtitles. 101 min. DVD X644
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Babel (Mexico / Spain, 2006)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Koji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Mustapha Rachidi. A wealthy American is touring Morocco with his wife. The two become the focus of an international incident also involving a poor Moroccan farmer who is struggling to keep his two young sons in line and his family together. A San Diego nanny, with her employers absent, makes the disastrous decision to take her charges with her to a wedding in Mexico. A deaf-mute Japanese teen tries to deal with a relationship with her father and the world in general that has been upended by the death of her mother. It's about a gun. It's about communication - or the lack of it - both intercultural and intracultural. Raises issues like terrorism and immigration, and is as basic as husbands talking to their wives and parents understanding their children. 143 min. DVD 7293
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Best Director; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture,Drama
National Board of Review, USA - Best Breakthrough Performance (Rinko Kikuchi)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Supporting Actress (Adriana Barraza)

González Iñárritu, Alejandro. "Hollywood Must Portray Point of View of Other." NPQ: New Perspectives Quarterly, Spring2007, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p6-9, 4p; UC users only
Hassapopoulou, Marina. "Babel: Pushing and Reaffirming Mainstream Cinema's Boundaries." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 50, pp. (no pagination), 2008 Spring UC users only
Heyraud, Joyce King. "A Review of: "Babel"." Psychological Perspectives, Jun2007, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p164-167, 4p UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. "Border Crossing." Sight and Sound, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 14-16, 2006 July UC users only
Kenny, Glenn. "This Can't End Well." Film Comment; Nov/Dec2010, Vol. 46 Issue 6, p46-49, 4p UC users only
McGowan, Todd. "The Contingency of Connection: The Path to Politicization in Babel." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 401-418, 2008 Fall UC users only
Pellicer, Juan. "Bridging Worlds: Transtextuality, Montage, and the Poetics of Babel." Mexican Studies, Summer2010, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p239-249, 11p UC users only
Tierney, Dolores. "Alejandro González Iñárritu: director without borders." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p101-117, 17p UC users only
Yacowar, Maurice. "Leaning towards Babel." Queen's Quarterly, vol. 114, no. 1, pp. 123-30, 2007 Spring

Bandidos (France | USA | Mexico, 1990)
Directed by Luis Estrada. Cast: Pedro Armendariz, Jorge Russek, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Gabriela Roel, Bruno Rey. In 1913 during the Mexican revolution, a gang of young pre-teen boys scavenge places looted by adult bandits. The quartet soon become fast friends bound together by their many adventures and their need to fend off the lethal bullying of the adult bandits. Before long, the kid bandits are wreaking havoc in the countryside all on their own. 95 min. DVD 1289
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Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo) (Mexico / Belgium / France / Germany, 2005)
Directed by Carlos Reygadas. Cast: Marcos Hernandez, Anapola Mushkadiz, Bertha Ruiz, David Bornstein, Rosalinda Ramirez. Marcos, a poverty-stricken chauffeur longs for a better life for his wife and young son. Desperate, the couple kidnaps an infant child for ransom. When the baby dies in their custody, this crime that Marcos hoped would brighten his family's future instead adds a crushing burden to his conscience. Meanwhile, Ana, an affluent general's daughter whom Marcos chauffeurs from place to place, secretly battles ennui by prostituting herself in a local brothel. The two confide their darkest secrets to one another, and as Marcos urges Ana to drop out of whoring, Ana tries to convince Marcos to turn himself in. Special features: Interview with director Carlos Reygadas and actress Anapola Mushkadiz; Selecting scenes from the director's award-winning first feature "Japon"; Original theatrical trailer. 95 min. DVD 9418
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The Brute (El Bruto) (Mexico, 1952)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Pedro Armendáriz, Katy Jurado, Rosa Arenas. The story of a powerfully strong but slow-witted slaughter-house worker who is hired by a slumlord to break a tenant strike. He accidentally kills one of the strikers and is drawn into a doomed affair with the slumlord's wife. 81 min. DVD 2560
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Luis Buñuel bibliography

El búfalo de la noche (Mexico, 2007)
Director, Guillermo Arriaga. Cast: Diego Luna, Liz Gallardo, Gabriel González, Irena Azuela, Emilio Echevarría, Camila Sodi, Walther Cantú. Gregorio is a schizophrenic young man with two great loves: his girlfriend Tania and his best friend Manuel. While Gregorio is isolated at psychiatric hospitals, Manuel and Tania began to meet secretly, and soon they start an affair. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. DVD X4143
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Bugambilia (Mexico, 1944)
Director, Emilio Fernández. Cast: Delores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Julio Villarreal, Alberto Galán. The spoiled-rotten daughter of a local miner, falls blindly into a self-destructive romance with a local gentleman - little realizing that involvement with him will entail certain death. In Spanish without English subtitles. 100 min. DVD X4567
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Las Cabareteras (The Bar Girls)(Mexico, 1980)
Director, Icaro Cisneros. More than a detailed story, it is the chronicle of the repression exercised by an English Company over a small Chilean town whose inhabitants are determined to win the minimal human rights due to them as workers and citizens. In Spanish without English subtitles. vhs 999:1867
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Cabeza de Vaca (Mexico / Spain / USA / UK, 1993)
Directed by Nicolás Echevarria. Cast: Juan Diego, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Roberto Sosa. Based on the true account of a Spanish explorer's capture, escape, and journey from Texas to Mexico City between 1527 and 1537. Includes tales of El Dorado. 110 min. DVD X7262; DVD X2027 (Spanish without subtitles); vhs 999:946
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Alcocer, Rudyard. "Going in Circles: Spanish American Identity and the Circular Motif in Nicolas Echevarria's "Cabeza de Vaca."" Literature Film Quarterly, 2008, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p250-258, 9pUC users only
Alvaray, Luisela. "Imagi(ni)ng Indigenous Spaces: Self and Other Converge in Latin America." Film & History. 2004. Vol. 34, Iss. 2; pg. 58, 7 pgsUC users only
Gordon, Richard A. "Exorcizing the Nation in Cabeza de Vaca (1991) and Como era gostoro o meu francês." In: Cannibalizing the colony : cinematic adaptations of colonial literature in Mexico and Brazil / Richard A. Gordon. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 G65 2009)
Hershfield, Joanne. "Assimilation and Identification in Nicholás Echeverría's Cabeza de Vaca." Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 6-24, 1995
Juan-Navarro, Santiago "Constructing Cultural Myths: Cabeza de Vaca in Contemporary Hispanic Criticism, Theater, and Film." In: A twice-told tale : reinventing the encounter in Iberian/Iberian American literature and film / edited by Santiago Juan-Navarro and Theodore Robert Young. Newark : University of Delaware Press; London; Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, c2001. (Main Stack PQ7081.A1.T85 2001)
Mayers, Kathryn. "Of Third Spaces and (Re)localization: Critique and Counterknowledge in Nicolas Echeverria's Cabeza de Vaca." Confluencia, Fall2008, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p2-16, 15p UC users only
Restrepo, Luis Fernando. "Primitive Bodies in Latin American Cinema: Nicolas Echeverría's Cabeza de Vaca." In: Primitivism and identity in Latin America : essays on art, literature, and culture / edited by Erik Camayd-Freixas and Jose Eduardo Gonzalez. pp: 189-208. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2000. (UCB Main PQ7082.N7.P755 2000)
Walker, Elsie M. "Reframing through Intertextuality." Literature Film Quarterly; 2008, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p246-249, 4p UC users only
Walter, Krista. "Filming the Conquest: Cabeza de Vaca and the Spectacle of History." Literature-Film Quarterly. 30(2):140-45. 2002 UC users only

Canoa(1976)
Directed by Felipe Cazals. Cast: Enrique Lucero, Salvador Sanchez, Ernesto Gomez Cruz. Based on actual events that occurred on Sept. 14, 1968 in the mountainous town of San Miguel de Canoa, Mexico. A group of employees from the Puebla University who set out on a hiking excursion, were mistaken for radical communist agitators by a domineering local priest. A mob of townspeople are incited to riot, resulting in the brutal murders of several of the young men. 115 min. DVD 8856
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El Castillo de la Pureza (Mexico)
Directed by Arturo Ripstein. Portrays the austere and regimented life led by a family imprisoned by an authoritarian father for 18 years. Accidentally, the police go to his house, thus discovering the prison where he has "sheltered" his family from the outside world. In Spanish without English subtitles. vhs 999:1733
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Mora, Sergio, de la. "A Career in Perspective: An Interview with Arturo Ripstein." Film Quarterly Jul 1999, Vol. 52, No. 4: 2-11. UC users only

Chac: The Rain God (Chac: Dios de la lluvia) (Mexico / Panama, 1974)
Directed by Rolando Klein. Based on ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh and Mayan stories, the film focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible drought. Desperate for relief, thirteen men set out on a quest to save their people by seeking a solitary diviner who lives in the mountains and knows the ways of the ancients. Hoping that he can summon Chac, the Rain God the men follow the diviner who takes them on a strange journey that challenges their beliefs and even their sanity. 95 min. DVD X5019; vhs 999:2957
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Chronos (Mexico, 1993)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook. "In 1535, an alchemist builds an extraordinary mechanism encapsulated into a small golden device. The invention, designed to convey eternal life to its owner, survives its maker until 1997, when it shows up with an antiques dealer. Fascinated with the strange device, Gris (Luppi) doesn't note that there's more than one person looking for it. The promise of eternal life has become an obsession for old and sick Mr. De la Guardia (Brook). He and his nephew (Perlman) will do anything to get the Chronos Invention." [IMDB] Special features: Optional original Spanish voice over introduction; two audio commentaries; Geometria, a short horror film by del Torro; Welcome to Bleak House, a video tour of del Torro's home office; new video interviews with del Toro, Navarro and actor Ron Perlman; video interview with actor Federico Luppi; still gallery captioned by del Torro; trailer. Accompanying booklet features essay by film critic Maitland McDonagh and excerpts from Del Toros' notes for the film. 92 min. DVD X5024
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El Compadre Mendoza(1934)
Directed by Juan Bustillo Oro and Fernando de Fuentes. Cast: Alfredo del Diestro, Carmen Guerrero, Antonio R. Frausto, Luis G. Barreiro, Emma Roldan. In this classic tale of betrayal and treason Mendoza, a Mexican landowner, tries to maintain friendships with both the leader of the government forces and the general of the Zapatista rebels during the Mexican Revolution. Based on an original story by Mauricio Madaleno and Juan Bustillo Oro. 82 min. DVD 6558
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Mraz, John. "How Real Is Reel? Fernando de Fuentes's Revolutionary Trilogy." In: Framing Latin American cinema : contemporary critical perspectives / Ann Marie Stock, editor ; forew Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

The Crime of Padre Amaro (El crimen del Padre Amaro) (Mexico / Spain / Argentina / France, 2002)
Directed by Carlos Carrera. Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana Cláudia Talancon, Sancho Gracia, Angelica Aragon, Luisa Huertas, Pedro Armendariz, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Gaston Melo, Damian Alcazar. A recently ordained priest is sent to a small parish church in rural Mexico to help an aging priest. Upon arriving at his new post, he meets a beautiful young woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession. Quickly her passion for her faith becomes entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. When the priest crosses the line that seperates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the devine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust. 119 min. DVD 2297
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Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un Crimen; La vie criminelle d'Archibaldo de la Cruz)(1955)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Miroslava Stern, Ernesto Alonzo, Rita Macedo, Ariadna Welter. Archibaldo's criminal life began on the eve of the Mexican Revolution when he wished his nanny dead. A bullet blasted through the window and killed her. Thus begins his life of murder, alleged murder and insanity. DVD 9135 [PAL Region 2 DVD]; vhs 999:253
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Crónica de Familia. (Mexico, 1955)
Directed by Diego López. Depicts the life of a fictional middle-class Mexican family, its faith in power and money as the basis of life, without considering how these values affect the lives and behavior of its children: their experimentation with drugs, premarital sex, and crime, occasionally leading to serious consequences and even death. 205 min. vhs 999:1734
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Cuando los hijos se van(Mexico, 1941)
Directed by Juan Bustillo Oro. Cast: Fernando Soler, Sara García, Joaquín Pardavé. The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of family patriarch Fernando Soler and his loyal wife Sara Garcia. Central to the drama is "black sheep" son Emilio Tuero, who can't seem to stay out of trouble -- not that he tries too hard. While the story has its tragic elements, comedy relief is provided by family friend Joaquin Pardavé. Spanish dialog, no English subtitles. 139 min. DVD X1493

Danzón. (Mexico/Spain, 1991)
Directed by María Novaro. Cast: Maria Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Tito Vasconcelos, Carmen Salinas. Julia is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday Julia does the danzon with Carmelo in the old 'Salon Colonia'. They've danced for years but barely know each other. One night Carmelo disappears without a trace. Feeling lonely and sad, Julia takes a train to Veracruz, where she knows Carmelo has a brother. That sudden trip will change Julia's life forever.103 min. DVD X4982; vhs 999:1375
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Rashkin, Elissa. "María Novaro: Exploring the Mythic Nation." In: Women filmmakers in Mexico : the country of which we dream / Elissa J. Rashkin. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. / Ann Marie Stock, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.M4 R33 2001)

De la calle (Street Lives)) (Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Gerardo Tort. Cast: Luis Fernando Peña, Maya Zapata, Armando Hernandez, Mario Zaragoza. Tells the story of homeless children living on the streets and in the sewers of Mexico City wandering in packs, stealing, using drugs, and hoping for a better life someday. 81 min. DVD 9456
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Deep Crimson (Profundo carmesí) (1996)
Directed by Arturo Ripstein. Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Regina Orozco, Marisa Paredes, Veronica Merchant, Julieta Egurrola. The story of Nicolas and Coral, a couple who roam the back roads of Mexico looking for lonely women who Nicholas seduces and insane Coral then murders. 109 min. vhs 999:3374
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Jacovkis, Natalia. "An Epic of Losers: Arturo Ripstein's Profundo Carmesí and the Deconstruction of Mexico's Post-Revolutionary Discourses." Confluencia, Spring2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p147-156, 11p UC users only
Mora, Sergio de la. "A Career in Perspective: An Interview with Arturo Ripstein." Film Quarterly Jul 1999, Vol. 52, No. 4: 2-11. UC users only
Ruétalo, Victoria. "Border-crossings and textual gaps: a 'globalized' mode of production in Profundo carmesí and Terra estrangeira." UC users only
Schaefer, Claudia. "Crimes Of Passion: Arturo Ripstein's Profundo Carmesi and the Terrors Of Melodrama" Latin American Literary Review, Jan-Jun2001, Vol. 29 Issue 57, p87, 17p UC users only

Déficit (Mexico, 2007)
Directed by Gael García Bernal. Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luz Cipriota, Jorge Luis Moreno, Pamela Reiter, Ana Serradilla, Camila Sodi. Young, wealthy Mexican socialite Cristobal plays host to his friends at his father's weekend house. This slow-moving plot is a subtle examination of Mexico's class and race divisions. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 80 min. DVD X4038
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Doña Bárbara. (Mexico, 1943)
Directed by Fernando de Fuentes. Cast: Maria Felix, Julian Soler, Maria Elena Margues. A lawyer arrives in Caracas in the solitary lands dominated by the feared Dona Barbara, noted for her witchcraft. Doña Bárbara disputes with him over a piece of land, yet both she and her daughter, Marisela , fall in love with the lawyer. Adapted by Rómulo Gallegos from his novel, Doña Bárbara. DVD X5512; vhs 999:1743
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Donde acaban los caminos (Guatemala / Mexico, 1996)
Directed by Carlos García Agraz. Cast: Giacomo Buonafina, Herbert Ignacio, Andrea Rivera. Doctor Zamora comes to San Pedro La Laguna (Guatemala) as a young man during the military dictatorship in the first decades of the 20th century. Zamora sets out to eradicate illness among the Indians, even if his work is disapproved of by the military commander in town. Zamora falls in love with María, a young Indian girl from a village and he invites her to come live with him in the town of San Pedro. However, even the young idealist doctor cannot escape the conflict between Ladinos (Mestizos or non-Indians) and Indians. Based on the novel of the same title by Mario Monteforte Toledo. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. vhs 999:3918
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Él (This Strange Passion). (Mexico,1951)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Arturo de Cordova, Delia Garces, Luis Beristain. A psychological study of a man obsessed. Francisco's romantic love and marriage fades as a paranoid obsession with his wife's supposed infidelity causes him to display fits of jealousy and repentance for his unfounded suspicions. 87 min. DVD 9135; vhs Video/C vhs 999:1079
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Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (Between Pancho Villa and a naked woman) (Mexico, 1995)
Directed by Sabina Berman and Isabelle Tardin. Cast: Diana Bracho, Arturo Ríos, Jesús Ochoa, Gabriel Porras, Pilar Ixquic Mata, Angelina Pelaez, Zaide Silvia Gutierrez. In this comedy Gina looks for a commitment from her longtime boyfriend Adrian. Angered by his refusal to marry and fed up with his sexist attitudes, she takes a younger man as her lover. Adrian, however, will not surrender his woman or his antiquated ways of thinking. Channeling the spirit of Pancho Villa himself, he tries to fully embrace his machismo and win back the passion of Gina. 100 min. vhs 999:3375
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Eréndira (France / Mexico / West Germany, 1983)
Directed by Ruy Guerra. Cast: Irene Papas, Cláudia Ohana, Michael Lonsdale, Oliver Wehje, Rufus. A black comedy about a wicked grandmother and her exploitation of her beautiful teenage granddaughter, Erendira. An erotic, black comedy, laden with surreal prankishness and political allegory. 103 min. vhs 999:234
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Eréndira la indomable (Mexico, 2006)
Directed by Juan Mora Catlett. Cast: Xochiquetzal Rodriguez, Justo Alberton Rodriguez, Roberto Isidro Rangel. The legend of Eréndira tells of a brave young Indian woman who took up arms against the Spanish conquistadors during their 16th century invasion of Latin America. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 107 min. DVD X4052
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Es muy fácil (Mexico, 2007)
Directed by Pablo Fulgueira. Cast: Martin Altomaro, Irene Azuela, Peter Theis. Fran takes Alicia to an isolated beach to propose to her. Jimmy, a friendly American, is also staying at this beach, and he gets excited about Fran's proposal and decides to get involved in the romantic plan. When a noisy group of teenagers arrives, ruining the plan, Jimmy decides to find a way for the couple to have their quiet, surprise engagement. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 21 min. DVD X4043
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Espérame en otro mundo (Mexico, 2007)
Directed by Juan Pablo Villaseñor. Cast: Natalia Esperón, Margarita Sanz, Fernando Becerril, Hernán Mendoza, Jorge Galván. Marcela is a ballroom dance instructor. All seems to go well in her small world. One day she discovers that something strange is occurring with her parents: Gloria, her mother, has started to become absent, talks about strange happenings in her everyday home life, and has mental gaps. Almost at the same time, Nacho, her father, loses his job and with this his self-esteem. Marcela is willing to challenge the rules of life in order to regain a small portion of the happiness lost. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 86 min. DVD X3738
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Espiritismo (Spiritism) (Mexico, 1962)
Directed by Benito Alazraki. Cast: José Luís Jiménez, Nora Veryán, Beatriz Aguirre, René Cardona Jr. In this Mexican supernatural drama, a bereaved mother is granted three wishes after she makes a pact with the devil. Her first wish is to bring her son back from the dead. Unfortunately things don't turn out as well as she'd hoped they would. Based on the story The Monkey's Paw. 85 min. DVD X4095
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Far Apart (aka Far Way With You) (Contigo en la distencia)(TV, 1992)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Eliseo Alberto. Cast: Blanca Sanchez, Bruno Rey, Roberto Cobo, Margarita Isabel, Brigida Alexander, Ada Carrasco, Justo Martinez, Oscar Aguirre, Heron Pazzi, José C. Moreno. On April 11, 1956, destiny (and a trivial mistake) sabotaged a plan by two young lovers to elope. But when a letter arrives 35 years after it was mailed, Ofelia Rosales de Mendoza, once known as Ofelita "My Eyes," begins making inquiries into the whereabouts of her lost paramour, José Luna. The conflicting stories she hears from the people who knew them as teenagers only increase her confusion--until up walks the man himself, at the cafe where they were to rendezvous so many years ago. 28 min. DVD 8188; vhs Video 7549

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La Faraona(Mexico / Spain, 1956)
Director, René Cardona. Cast: Lola Flores, Augustin Lara, Joaquin Cordero, Julio Villareal, Florencio Castello, Carmen Flores. A millionaire wants to leave his money to his granddaughter, a singer who desires to expand her career and become famous. But there are others who want to steal his inheritance and they set a trap for him. In Spanish without English subtitles. 84 min. DVD 8629
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Fever Mounts in El Pao (La Fièvre monte à El Pao) (Los Ambiciosos) (1959) (Mexico,1959)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Gérard Philipe, María Félix, Jean Servais. The secretary to the assassinated governor of an impoverished island dependency of a large and powerful Latin American nation successfully stops a prisoners' revolt which threatens to take over the island's capital, and so becomes the dead governor's successor. Dubbed into English. vhs 999:241
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Flor Silvestre (Mexico, 1943)
Director, Emilio Fernández. Cast: Delores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Emilio Fernández, Miguel Angel Ferriz, El Chicote, Agustin Isunza, Eduardo Arozamena, Mimi Derba. When a landowner's son marries a laborer's granddaughter, his father disowns him and he joins the revolutionary element in Mexico. He later learns that a band of outlaws, opposed to the revolutionaries, has killed his father. Based on: Sucedió ayer / Fernando Robles. In Spanish without English subtitles. 91 min. DVD X4568
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Frida: Naturaleza Viva(1984)
Directed by Paul Leduc. Cast: Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Salvador Sanchez, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook. On her deathbed, the artist Frida Kahlo recalls her life as a painter and reflects on the effects of her illnesses and injuries and on her relationships with Leon Trotsky, husband Diego Rivera, and others. Video/C 2944
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El Gallo de Oro (The Golden Cockerel) (1964)
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Cast: Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Lucha Villa, Narciso Busquets. A poor man, after nursing a near-dead fighting rooster back to life, forgets his roots in the fame, wealth and romance of the cock-fighting arena. The beginner gamesman is tempted into a partnership with a rich gambler and his free-wheeling songstress. Eventually when his luck runs out he is returned to his origins. 105 min. DVD 1870
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The Garden of Aunt Isabel (El Jardin de Tia Isabel) (Mexico, 1986?)
Directed by Felipe Cazals. Based on a story by Jaime Casillas, depicts a trip from Spain to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in the first half of the 16th century. Shipwrecked on an island, seven survivors begin to perish one by one, thus ending their hope of finding a place where justice, freedom, and the rule of law reign. 112 min. Video/C 1390

The Great Madcap (El Gran Calavera) (Mexico, 1949)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Fernando Soler, Rosario Granados. Andrés Soler, Rubén Rojo, Gustavo Rojo, Maruja Grifell, Francisco Jambrina, Luis Alcoriza. "Buñuel's first "comeback" film since "L'Age d'Or" in 1930 (he made only a few musicals in the interim), "El Gran Calavera" concerns a family's attempts to change the patriarch's somewhat indulgent and hedonistic ways by fooling him into thinking his large fortune is gone. They assume a life of poverty in Mexico in an attempt to teach him a lesson. However, he discovers it's a ruse, but continues to perpetuate the facade of ignorance while sneaking off during the day to conduct his thriving business. Why? To teach his family a lesson - they are all lazy, worthless leeches!" [Internet Movie Database] Based on the play by Adolfo Torrado. 90 min. DVD X4743; vhs 999:1063
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The Holy Mountain (Mexico, 1973)
Directed by Alexandro Jodorowsky. Cast: Alexandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Ramona Saunders, Juan Ferrara, Adriana Page, Burt Kleiner, Valerie Jodorowsky. A Christ-like vagrant and thief wanders through a perverse and unfriendly land until he encounters an enlightened one, who gathers the thief and six of the world's most powerful individuals for a spiritual pilgrimage. Non-US format DVD. 114 min. DVD 2955
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El hombre que logró ser invisible (New Invisible Man) (Mexico, 1958)
Directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna. Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Raúl Meraz, Augusto Benedico. Charlie Hill, falsely convicted of murder, is sentenced to 99 years in prison. Luckily, his scientist brother concocts an invisibility serum and smuggles it into prison. Hill takes the serum, vanishes, and simply walks out of jail. Invisibility enables Hill to make fools out of the police and prove his innocence. Unfortunately, that nasty side effect--creeping insanity--rears it ugly head. Hill decides that he rather terrorize the city than go back to being normal. Can he be stopped in time? 96 min. DVD X4095
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La Horripilante bestia humana (Night of the Bloody Apes)(Mexico, 1969)
Directed by René Cardona. Cast: Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno, José Elías Moreno, Carlos López Moctezuma, Agustín Martínez Solares, Javier Rizo, Noelia Noel, Gina Morett, Gerardo Cepeda, Juan Fava. A doctor saves his son by giving him the heart of a gorilla. The simian heart turns the young man into a gorilla monster who runs around ripping off women's clothes and causing general mayhem. 82 min. DVD X4095
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Illusion Travels by Streetcar (La Ilusión viaja en Tranvía).(Mexico, 1953)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto (Mantequilla). A motley crew of passengers on a rundown streetcar go on a series of picaresque adventures, with elements of political, social and religious satire expressed in the form of a fairy tale. 90 min. vhs 999:1068
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Innocent Voices (Voces inocentes).(Mexico / USA / Puerto Rico, 2004)
Directed by Luis Mandoki. Cast: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Gustavo Muñoz, José Maria Yazpik, Ofelia Medina. Set in El Salvador in the 1980s, the story of an eleven-year-old boy and the pressures on his life from the civil war. Based on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood. 118 min. DVD (PAL, region 2) DVD 7340
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Juarez: Stages of Fear (Mexico, 2005)
Directed by César Alejandro. Cast: Chris Penn, César Alejandro, María Rebeca. A crime docu-drama centering around the kidnapping, rape and murders that have been occuring in the city of Juárez, Mexico and the indifference to the problem by Mexican officlals. By 2006 there were over 375 unsolved murders, but the perpetuators of these crimes have not been apprehended, even though they have been occurring regularly since 1993. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 87 min. DVD X5929
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Kada kien su karma (Mexico, 2008)
Directed by Leon Serment. Cast: Blanca Guerra, José Alonso, Rocío Verdejo. Eva's boyfriend decides to leave her for a sexier woman. When she finally recovers from this blow, he suffers an accident and she ends up taking care of him. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 97 min. DVD X3671
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KM 31 (Kilómetro 31: un lugar entre la vida y la muerte) (Mexico / Spain, 2006)
Directed by Rigoberto Castañeda. Cast: Iliana Fox, Adria Collado, Raúl Méndez, Julín Alvarez, Carlos Aragon, Luisa Huertas. The film is inspired by the Crying Woman legend (la Llorona) and legends about highways ghosts (very popular in Mexico). While driving one night through the forests near Mexico City, Agata Hameran has a terrible accident on kilometer 31 in which she loses her legs and falls into a coma. After that horrible night, her twin sister Catalina begins to feel a strong psychic connection with her sister, as Agata seems to be screaming desperately for help. Haunted by horrible nightmares and ghastly visions, Catalina decides to investigate what exactly happened that night on kilometer 31, hoping to end the pain her sister is suffering. 95 min. DVD X1764
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Landron de Sabado (Saturday's thief) (TV, 1992)
Director, José Luis Garcia Agraz. Cast: Blanca Guerra, Damian Alcazar, Giovana de Portillo, Jackelin Walters. Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Consuelo Garrido When a burglar named Hugo comes to rob the house of a woman whose husband is conveniently away on business, is it any surprise that he makes himself at home for the weekend? Linked by a passion for music and dance and a romantic notion of love, Hugo and Ana Luisa Guzman--host of his favorite radio show--find in each other what has been missing in their otherwise sterile lives. 29 min. DVD 8188; vhs Video 7548
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La Ley de Herodes (Herod's Law) (1999)
Director, Luis Estrada. Cast: Damian Alcazar, Pedro Armendariz, Alex Cox, Guillermo Gil, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Leticia Huijara, Eduardo Lopez Rojas, Manuel Ojeda, Salvador Sanchez, Isela Vega. When the mayor of San Pedro de los Saguaros is lynched by a group of indigenous people, the old junkyard operator Juan Vargas is named the Temporary Municipal President. This makes him believe that his dream of power is going to come true; but when confronted with the problems of the place, he decides to resign. However, his boss obliges him to stay by telling him that he's been touched by Herodes Law and gives to him the constitution as an aid and a gun. He soon discovers the delights of power applying the law along the way and provoking reactions that get out of control. 122 min. DVD 2280
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Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)(1992)
Directed by Alfonso Arau. Cast: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torne. Based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Romantic fantasy set in the early 20th century about a young couple blocked from marrying by the demands of her cold and selfish mother. To be near his love the young man marries her sister, and she expresses her passion for him through her cooking. 105 min. DVD 194; vhs 999:1188
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Lola (Mexico, 1989)
Directed by Maria Novaro. Cast: Leticia Huijara, Alejandra Vargas, Martha Navarro, Roberto Sosa, Mauricio Rivera, Javier Zaragoza. In this tender family drama, Lola is a single mother living in Mexico City who earns her living as a street vendor. She and the other unlicensed vendors like her must keep an eye out for the police, and at the same time must try to eke out a living selling clothing irregulars. Despite that, she has a good relationship with her daughter. It's probably just as well that her rock-guitarist boyfriend abandoned her. 93 min. DVD X142
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Rashkin, Elissa. "María Novaro: Exploring the Mythic Nation." In: Women filmmakers in Mexico : the country of which we dream / Elissa J. Rashkin. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. / Ann Marie Stock, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.M4 R33 2001)

Lola Torbellino (Mexico / Spain, 1952)
Directed by René Cardona. Cast: Lola Flores, Agustin Lara, Ricardo Adalid, Luis Aguilar, Abel Salazar. The singer dancer Lola meets the great Mexican composer Agustin Lara and offers to travel to Mexico where she has promised to do several performances for him. Lola stays in his house as a guest and Agustin falls in love with her, but complications ensue when another falls for her too. In Spanish without English subtitles. 79 min. DVD 8628
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Lolo (Mexico, 1993)
Directed by Francisco Athié. Cast: Lucha Villa, Roberto Sosa, Damian Alcázar, Alonso Echánove. Dolores Chimal, also known as "Lolo", is an outcast boy who lives in the suburbs of Mexico City. After being assaulted and losing his job, he accidentally kills the local moneylender (an old woman) while trying to steal his mother's golden watch that she had pawned. Lolo is then hunted and blackmailed by everybody but his girlfriend, Sonia, who is forced to sell herself at a men's club to help him. With money in their hands, Sonia and Lolo share the feeling of guilt and shame, and decide to flee together. Features dialogs in a very particular Mexico City slang. 88 min. DVD X4205
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Las luchadoras contra el médico asesino (Wrestling Women vs. Doctor of Doom) (Mexico, 1963)
Director: René Cardona. Cast: Lorena Velázquez, Armand Silvestre, Elizabeth Campbell. A mad scientist terrorizes a city by kidnapping young women with his ape-man Gomar and then using them as subjects in sadistic brain transplant experiments. A female wrestler whose sister was one of the victims swears vengeance against the mad doctor. 77 min. DVD X4095
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Gunckel, Colin. "El signo de la muerte and the birth of a genre : origins and anatomy of the Aztec horror film." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics / Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)

Las luchadoras contra la momia (Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy)(Mexico, 1964)
Directed by René Cardona. Cast: Lorena Velazquez, Armand Silvestre, Elizabeth Campbell. The Black Dragons, an Oriental gang, must challenge two beautiful Amazon wrestlers, who protect the location of an ancient Aztec tomb. 85 min. DVD X4095
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Gunckel, Colin. "El signo de la muerte and the birth of a genre : origins and anatomy of the Aztec horror film." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics / Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)

El Lugar sin Límites (Place Without Limits) (1977)
Director, Arturo Ripstein. Cast: Lucha Villa, Carmen Salinas, Ana Martin, Julian Pastor, Don Fernando Soler, Gonzalo Vega, Roberto Cobo. La Manuela, a transvestite, lives in a brothel run by his daughter. When his daughter is threatened, La Manuela steps in to protect her with tragic consequences. 110 min. DVD 1235
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Foster, David William. "Arturo Ripstein's El lugar sin límites and the Hell of Heteronormativity." In: Violence and the body : race, gender, and the state / edited by Arturo J. Aldama ; foreword by Alfre Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2003.(Main (Gardner) Stacks HM1116 .V557 2003)
Mora, Sergio de la. "A Career in Perspective: An Interview with Arturo Ripstein." Film Quarterly Jul 1999, Vol. 52, No. 4: 2-11. UC users only
Mora, Sergio de la. "Fascinating machismo: toward an unmasking of heterosexual masculinity in Arturo Ripstein's "El lugar sin limites." Journal of Film & Video, 1992/93, Vol. 44 Issue 3/4, p83-104, 22p UC users only
Mora, Sergio de la. "The Last Dance: (Homo)Sexuality and Representation in Arturo Ripstein’s El lugar sin límites and the Fichera Subgenre." In: Cinemachismo : masculinities and sexuality in Mexican film / Sergio de la Mora. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Chicano Studies; Bancroft PN1993.5.M4 M67 2006)
Mora, Sergio de la. "The Last Dance: (Homo)sexuality and Representations in Arturo Ripstein's El Lugar sin Límites and the Fichera subgenre." In: Cinemachismo : masculinities and sexuality in Mexican film / Sergio de la Mora. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Main Stack PN1993.5.M4.M67 2006; Bancroft PN1993.5.M4.M67 2006; Chicano Stu PN1993.5.M4.M782 2006)
Subero, Gustavo. "Fear of the Trannies." Latin American Research Review, 2008, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p159-179, 21p UC users only

La maldición de la momia azteca (The Curse of the Aztec Mummy)(Mexico, 1957)
Directed by Rafael Portillo. Cast: Ramón Gáý, Rosita Arenas, Crox Alvarado, Luis Aceves Castañeda, Jorge Mondragón, Arturo Martínez, Ángel di Stefani. When arch-criminal Dr. Krupp, alias The Bat, escapes from the police, Dr. Almada and his fiancee Flora are warned by a hooded benefactor, The Angel, of the villain's escape. The Bat plots the theft of an entombed treasure, guarded by the mummified warrior Popoca. Flora, whom Krupp believes to be Popoca's beloved princess incarnate, is abducted by the Bat. At the pyramid in which the treasure is hoarded The Bat coerces Dr. Almada into deciphering the hieroglyphics which are the key to the treasure. 65 min. DVD X2222
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Gunckel, Colin. "El signo de la muerte and the birth of a genre : origins and anatomy of the Aztec horror film." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics / Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)

María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1943)
Directed by Emilio Fernández. Cast: Dolores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés, Miguel Inclán. Maria is an outcast in her small Mexican village because of her late mother's immoral behavior. Shunned and outcast, forbidden to earn a living, she lives a solitary life. Her only friends are the town priest and a peasant whom she loves and wants to marry. Their poverty and misery are exploited by the local farm lord and a well-to-do city artist who sees in her face the perfect woman whom he wishes to paint which ultimately leads everyone into tragedy. Based on an original story by Emilio Fernandez. 101 min. DVD X4566 (In Spanish without English subtitles); vhs 999:1381 (with English subtitles)
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Mariposas en el estómago (Butterflies in the Belly) (Mexico, 2007)
Directed by Isaac Ruiz and Ibis Lopez y Eduardo Dueñas. Cast: Kathleen Tamayo, Christian Hernandez, Hector Garcia Angulo, Favio Montoya. Portrays the life of marginal characters in old Mazatlán. Mary, a deaf girl and transexual Cona are prostitutes in the old hotel where they live along with Memo, a blind alcoholic dedicated to the reading of cards. One night, a strange event leads the characters into a tragic denouement. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 23 min. DVD X2207

Mecánica Nacional (1972)
Directed by Luis Alcoriza. Depiction of the preparation, events, and conflicts leading to a car race in a fictional Mexican barrio. Spanish dialog, no subtitles. 105 min vhs 999:1736
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Mexican Bus Ride (Subida al Cielo) .(Mexico,1947)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast Esteban Marquez, Luis Aceves Castañeda A young peasant is forced to leave his bride on their wedding night to travel to the city to finalize his dying mother's will. On his journey by bus, he encounters a diverse group of passengers in a picaresque adventure. 80 min. vhs 999:1394
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Midaq Alley (El Callejón de los milagros) (Mexico, 1994)
Directed by Jorge Fons. Cast: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Maria Rojo, Salma Hayek, Bruno Bichir, Delia Casanova, Margarita Sanz, Claudio Obregon, Juan Manuel Bernal, Abel Woolrich, Luis Felipe Tovar, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Gina Morett, Oscar Yoldi, Tiare Scanda. Stories of three neighbors whose lives are intertwined in the old downtown section of Mexico City: Rulio, the family man who experiences homosexual feelings that shatter his domestic life; Susanita, the spinster who dreams of getting married and falls prey to a thief; and Alma, the virgin who becomes a cocaine snorting prostitute. 140 min. DVD X5636; vhs 999:2216
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La momia azteca (The Aztec Mummy)(Mexico, 1957)
Directed by Rafael Portillo. Cast: Ramón Gáý, Rosita Arenas, Crux Alvarado, Luis Aceves Castañeda, Jorge Mondragón, Arturo Martínez, Angel de Steffani. An experiment in hypnosis and past lives leads Dr. Almada, a scientist, to search for proof of his theory that people can be regressed to past lives. Dr. Almada discovers that his fiancee, Flora, is the reincarnation of an Aztec maiden, who was killed and entombed for having an affair with the warrior Popoca. Flora now leads Dr. Almada's exploration party to the maiden's skeletal remains buried at the entrance to a hidden chamber in an Aztec tomb. There they awaken the wrath of Popoca, the Aztec Mummy. 80 min. DVD X2221
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Gunckel, Colin. "El signo de la muerte and the birth of a genre : origins and anatomy of the Aztec horror film." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics / Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)

La momia azteca contra el robot humano (Aztec Mummy vs. the Human Robot)(Mexico, 1957)
Directed by Rafael Portillo. Cast: Ramón Gáý, Rosita Arenas, Crux Alvarado, Luis Aceves Castañeda, Jorge Mondragón, Arturo Martínez, Angel de Steffani. Mad scientist Dr. Krupp creates a robot with a human brain in order to steal a valuable Aztec treasure from a tomb guarded by a centuries-old living mummy, Popoca. The robot is equipped with radium, used to destroy living tissue, which should mean that Dr. Krupp can finally defeat the dreaded mummy. 80 min. DVD X2223
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Gunckel, Colin. "El signo de la muerte and the birth of a genre : origins and anatomy of the Aztec horror film." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics / Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)

La Mujer del Puerto (The Woman of the Port) (1933)
Directed by Arcady Botyler. Cast: Andrea Palma, Domingo Soler, Consuelo Segarra, Luisa Obregon, Joaquin Busquets, Arturo Manrique Panseco. Rosario becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her love to the men coming from the sea." One night, sailor Alberto rescues Rosario from the dirty hands of a drunken man. They get along and go to Rosario's room. After making love, they begin to talk and Rosario discovers they're siblings. Based on stories by Guy De Maupassant and Leo Tolstoy. Special features: Scene selection; photo gallery; theatrical trailers of 1933 and 1949 versions. 76 min. DVD 6559
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Garza, Pedro G. "Midnight Virgin: Melodramas of Prostitution in Literature and Film." In: Cinemachismo : masculinities and sexuality in Mexican film / Sergio de la Mora. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (Main Stack PN1993.5.M4.M67 2006; Bancroft PN1993.5.M4.M67 2006; Chicano Stu PN1993.5.M4.M782 2006)

Muñecos infernales (Curse of the Doll People) (aka Devil Doll Men) () (Mexico, 1960)
Directed by Benito Alazraki. Cast: Elvira Quintana, Raymond Gay, Roberto G. Rivera. A voodoo priest puts curses on four men who intrude on a sacred meeting in his temple. Seeking to revenge this deed, the priest sends devil dolls to them and their families. During the night the dolls crawl from their boxes to carry out their killings. 83 min. DVD X4095
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Nazarín (1958)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso, Ofelia Guilmáin'. A humble priest tries to live by Christian precepts and becomes an outcast and an outlaw. Using a variation of the Don Quixote theme applied to religion and hypocrisy, this candid comedy presents the impossibility of spiritual purity in a corrupt world. 92 min. vhs 999:1370
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La Negra Angustias (Mexico, 1949)
Directed by Matilde S. Landeta. Cast: María Elena Marqués, Agustín Isunza, Eduardo Arozamena, Gilberto González, Enriqueta Reza, Fanny Schiller. Based on the award-winning work by Francisco Rojas Gonzalez (Main Stack PQ7297.R74.N4 1948), depicts the racial problems encountered by a black woman who becomes a revolutionary leader of the Mexican campesinos struggling against rich landowners during the Mexican Revolution. Video/C vhs 999:1863
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De noche vienes, Esmeralda (Esmeralda Comes By Night) (1997)
Directed by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Cast: Maria Rojo, Claudio Obregon, Martha Navarro, Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Alberto Estrella, Ignacio Retes, Humberto Pineda. The story of Esmeralda, a nurse who is happily married to five husbands. As Esmeralda is about to marry husband number six, she is charged with bigamy. During her interrogation and detention, she reveals her spellbinding charm. 107 min. DVD 6110
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Nosotros los pobres (We the Poor)(Mexico, 1948)
Directed by Ismael Ismael Rodríguez. Cast: Pedro Infante, Blanca Estela Pavon, Evita Munoz, Carmen Montejo, Katy Jurado, Miguel Inclan, Rafael Alcayde. Pepe el Toro is a humble carpenter who lives peacefully with his paralized mother, his daughter, and his girlfriend. They all join together to fight injustice after Pepe is wrongfully accused of murder. The first in Infante's Pepe el Toro Trilogy. 115 min. DVD 9305
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Nuevo Mondo (New World)(Mexico, 1978)
Directed by Gabriel Retes. Cast: Aaron Hernan, Juan A. Martinez, Ignacio Retes, Tito Junco, Elpidia Carrillo, Jorge H. Robles, Bruno Rey, Guillermo Gil, Maria Rojo. A controversial story, banned by the Vatican for twenty years, Nuevo Mundo is set in the 16th century. A priest decides to plot with an artist to create an icon of the Virgin Mary closely resembling a native Aztec woman, in order to win the hearts and minds of the population of the new world and promote conversion to Christianity. 91 min. DVD 8128
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Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)(Mexico,1951)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. The film focuses on Pedro, a young boy whose mother has no use for him, and who becomes involved with a malevolent gang of delinquents; and on Jaibo, an older, more hardened youth, who leads Pedro deeper into the world of crime. Despite Pedro's sincere attempts to reform, he moves inevitably toward tragedy. 79 min. DVD X5064; DVD 9135 [PAL Region 2 DVD]; vhs 999:24
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La Otra Conquista (The Other Conquest) (1999)
Director, Salvador Carrasco. Cast: José Carlos Rodríguez, Elpidia Carrillo, Iñaki Aierra, Honorato Magaloni, Damían Delgado. A historical drama telling the story of Mexico in the decade after the conquest by Spain in 1520. Topiltzin, an Aztec scribe whose half-sister Tecuichpo is the mistress of Cortes, tries to keep his way of life and beliefs in the face of attempts by a Spanish priest to convert him. 112 min. DVD X2822; vhs 999:3574
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Gordon, Richard A. "Reimagining Guadalupe in Nuevo Mundo (1976) and La otra conquista (1998)." In: Cannibalizing the colony : cinematic adaptations of colonial literature in Mexico and Brazil / Richard A. Gordon. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 G65 2009)
Haddu, Miriam. "The Power of Looking: Politics and the Gaze in Salvador Carrasco's La otra conquista." In: Contemporary Latin American cinema : breaking into the global market / edited by Deborah Shaw. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.L3 C66 2007)

Pachito Rex - Me voy pero no del todo (Pachito Rex: I'm Leaving But Not for Good) (2001)
Directed by Fabián Hofman. Cast: Jorge Zárate, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Fernando Torre Lapham, Damián Alcázar, Lisa Owen. Several stories surround the assassination attempt of controversial singer, Francisco Ruiz, the favorite candidate to win the election in a Latin American country. The stories of the alleged assassin, the police officer in charge of investigating the disappearance of the body 5 years after the attempt, and the architect hired to design a mausoleum for Ruiz eventual come together, offering a vision about idols, democracy and the repercussion of unusual events that occur in our everyday life. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 87 min. DVD X4037
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Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (Mexico / Spain / USA, 2006)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Ariadna Gil, Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu, Doug Jones, Alex Angulo, Federico Luppi, Manolo Solo, Cesar Vea, Roger Casamajor, Ivan Massague, Gonzalo Uriarte. Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying battle that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot imagine. Special features: (Disc 1). Video prologue; audio commentary by director Guillermo Del Toro; marketing campaign; sneak peeks -- (Disc 2). Featurettes (approx. 24 min.): "The power of myth", "Pan and the Fairies = El fauno y las hadas", "The color and the shape", "The lullaby"); director's notebook (notes & sketches, storyboard/thumbnail comparisions; galleries); "The Charlie Rose Show" with Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron & Alejandro González Iñarritu (approx. 50 min.); DVD comics. 119 min. DVD 7558
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British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Pena, penita, pena (Mexico / Spain, 1953)
Directed by Miguel Morayta. Cast: Lola Flores, Luis Aguilar, Antonio Badu, Manuel Luna. Brothers Carlos and Luis Melgor find themselves with no money in a hotel in Madrid. Their rich father living in Mexico is behind on sending them money and they have to pawn their suits. They enter a nightclub and meet Carmen, a pretty gypsy and a lottery vendor, who desires to go to Mexico. She convinces them to buy lottery tickets and requires that they must share the money with her if they win. 90 min. DVD 8583
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Por mis pistolas (1968); El senor doctor (1965); El padrecito (1964)
Directed by Miguel M. Delgado. Cast: Mario Moreno (Cantinflas) Por mis pistolas: Isela Vega, Carlos Cardan, Manuel Lavarado ; El Senor doctor: Marta Romero, Wolf Rubinski ; El padrecito: Angel Garasa, Rogelio Guerra. Three films starring the Mexican comedian Cantinflas. Por mis pistolas: Cantinflas plays a gunfighter who couldn't hit an elephant with a guitar. El Senor doctor: As the crafty doctor, Cantinflas is at his finest in examining the physical aspects of medical comedy. El Padrecito: Cantinflas comes to a new town to replace a priest. At first he is not accepted until the townspeople begin to appreciate that he knows everything, including a mean game of poker. In Spanish. 118, 112, 124 min. vhs 999:3460

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Pilcher, Jeffrey M. Cantinflas and the chaos of Mexican modernity / Jeffrey M. Pilcher. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Chicano Studies; Moffitt PN2318.C3 P55 2001)

Las Poquianchis
Director, Felipe Cazals. Las Poquianchis, so nicknamed by the local townspeople, would purchase young country girls for their infamous bordello. Once inside, they were exploited, tortured and even murdered. Spanish dialog, without English subtitles. vhs 999:1735
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Prisoner 13 (El Prisionero 13)(1933)
Director, Fernando de Fuentes. Cast: Aldredo del Diestro, Adela Sequeyro, Luis G. Barriero, Arturo Campoamor. Two gripping stories are interwoven in 'Prisoner 13'; a son pays for his father's faults, and a desperate mother tries to save her son's life at any cost. Destiny and corruption play a trick on Carrasco when he is bribed to free a revolutionary and arrest someone in his place. Unbeknownst to him he ends up arresting his own son. 76 min. DVD 6530
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Mraz, John. "How Real Is Reel? Fernando de Fuentes's Revolutionary Trilogy." In: Framing Latin American cinema : contemporary critical perspectives / Ann Marie Stock, editor ; forew Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

¡Que Viva Mexico!(1932)
Director, Sergei Einstein; producer/editor, Grigori Aleksandrov. Que viva Mexico: A film document of the history of Mexico, presented in four novellas: Sandunga, an exposition of Tehuantepec jungles and the peaceful lifestyles of their inhabitants; Manguei, a love story about a poor peon and his bride; Fiesta, devoted to bullfighting and romantic love; and Soldadera, a portrayal of the 1910 revolution in Mexico as depicted in the frescoes of Siqueiros, Rivera, and Orosco. Previously issued in less complete version under title: Thunder over Mexico. Reconstructed by Grigori Aleksandrov in 1979 from materials directed by Sergei Einstein in 1931. 85 min. DVD 668
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Quemar las naves (Burn the Bridges)(2007)
Directed by Francisco Franco Alba. Cast: Irene Azuela, Ángel Onésimo Nevárez, Claudette Maille, Bernardo Benítez, Ramón Valdéz, Juan Carlos Barreto, Aida López, Jessica Segura, Diana Bracho, Alberto Estrella, Ricardo Blume. Sebastián and Helena are two teenagers who live with their dying mother. After the death of their mother and the arrival of Juan, a lower class teenager, the brother and sister clash about life, love and family. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 105 min. DVD X3694
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Rabia (Rage)(Mexico | Spain | Colombia, 2009)
Directed by Sebastián Cordero. Cast: Martina García, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Concha Velasco, Álex Brendemühl, Xavier Elorriaga, Icíar Bollaín. Based on a novel by Sergio Bizzio, Rage (Rabia) tells the suspenseful story of a pair of Latin American immigrants who fall in love. José María, a hot-headed builder, and Rosa, a housekeeper, embark on a passionate relationship. When a violent confrontation with José María's foreman results in the other man's death, José María flees to the mansion where Rosa works, telling no one. Hidden even from her, he watches Rosa be mistreated by her boss as he yearns for the day they can be together. 95 min. vhs 999:1195
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Reed: Insurgent Mexico (Reed, México Insurgente)(1971)
Directed by Paul Leduc. Cast: Claudio Obregon, Eduardo López Rojas, Eraclio Zepeda. A dramatization of John Reed's accounts of the Mexican Revolution depicting the young journalist's adventures with Pancho Villa's army between 1913 and 1914. 104 min. vhs 999:1195
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El rey del barrio(Mexico, 1949)
Directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares. Cast: Tin-Tan (German Valdes), Silvia Pinal, Marcelo Chavez, Ramon Valdez, Amanda del Llano, Veronica Loyo, Lola Beltran, Joan Page, Vitola. Comedy about Ricardo, a poor railroad employee who wants to marry Aurora, the daughter of a wealthy man. Her father refuses to permit them to marry until Ricardo can keep her in the manner to which she has become accustomed. Desperate, Ricardo asks his hypnotist friend Marcelo to help him find rich women so that he can kill them & inherit their money. In Spanish without English subtitles. 100 min. DVD X590
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Río escondido (Mexico, 1943)
Directed by Emilio "El Indio" Fernández. Cast: María Félix, Fernando Fernández, Carlos López Moctezuma, Domingo Soler. A rural Mexican town fights against injustice. When a young teacher is sent to Rio Escondido by the President to investigate the living conditions and corrupt bureaucracies of the countryside, she finds that a bully has seized control of the town. She turns her teaching to show the townspeople how to defend themselves and battle for their rights. Soundtrack in Spanish. 110 min. DVD X5529
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Robinson Crusoe (1952)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Dan O'Herlihy (Robinson Crusoe), Jamie Fernandez (Friday), Felipe de Alba, Chel Lopez, José Chavez, Emilio Caribay. The year is 1659. There is a shipwreck and sole survivor Robinson Crusoe is washed ashore on a deserted island. Suddenly faced with a hostile wilderness, he carves out a life for himself. This filmed presentation of Daniel Defoe's immortal classic is a story about the human spirit's ability to endure what seem insurmountable challenges. 90 min. DVD 3020
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Rojo amanecer (Red Dawn) (Mexico, 1989)
Directed by Jorge Fons. Cast: Maria Rojo, Demian Bichir, Eduardo Palomo, Bruno Bichir, Hector Bonilla (Humberto), Jorge Fegan, Ademar Arau, Carlos Cardan, Martha Aura. Set entirely in the city residence of a notable, but not ruling-class family of Mexico, this docu-drama explores what happened during the terrible events of October 2, 1968, which ended in a student massacre in the Plaza de Tlatelolco. In the story, the family's two college-aged boys are ardent advocates of change. Despite the vigorous warnings of their parents, the boys have left to attend a street meeting. The family looks out onto the street as the dramatic events unfold. 96 min. DVD 9785; Video/C 3446
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Roots of Blood (Raices de sangre) (Mexico / USA, 1979)
Director, Jesús Salvador Treviño. Cast: Richard Yñiguez, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Malena Doria, Pepe Serna. A dramatization of the Latino experience in America, chronicling the creation of an international union of garment workers in a Texas border town. A group of chicanos, known as "Barrio Unido", bravely struggle to bring to light instances of prejudice and brutality on the part of both exploitative businesses and the police. 137 min. DVD X1652
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Rosa Blanca (The White Rose) (Mexico, 1961)
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Cast: Cast Ignacio López Tarso, Christiane Martel, Reinhold Olszowski, Rita Macedo. The "Condor Oil Company" hits an immovable object in its quest for oil rights: Don Jacinto Yanez, owner of the hacienda "The White Rose." Yet the oil company will not take no for an answer. Plot based on the novel "La Rosa Blanca" de B. Traven. 100 min. vhs 999:1737
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Salón México (1996)
Directed by José Luis Garcia Agraz. Cast: Maria Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Edith Gonzalez, Demian Bichir, Alberto Estrella, Manuel Ojeda. The glamour and romance of a popular 1930's dance hall are replaced by violence and mystery when Maria and her lover Paco kill each other in a terrible fight. Inspector Castellon is called in to investigate the deaths, tracing the couple's stormy and passionate past as he interviews those who knew them. Based on a story by Rafael Ramirez Heredia and on "Salon Mexico", a 1948 film by Emilio Fernandez. 100 min. vhs 999:3376
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Tierney, Dolores. "Silver sling-backs and Mexican melodrama: Salón México and Danzón" Screen 1997 38: 360-371 UC users only

Santitos (Little Saints)(Mexico, 1999)
Directed by Alejandro Springall. Cast: Dolores Heredia, Demián Bichir, Alberto Estrella. Guided by saintly visitations following the disappearance of her only daughter, Esperanza (Dolores Heredia) embarks on a pilgrimage from her home village in Veracruz to Tijuana and Los Angeles. Seriocomic road movie with elements of magic realism. Based on the novel, Esperanza's box of saints by María Amparo Escandón. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 95 min. vhs 999:3899
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Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (Sex, Shame & Tears)(Mexico, 1999)
Directed by Antonio Serrano. Cast: Demian Bichir, Susana Zabaleta, Victor Huggo Martin, Cecilia Suarez, Jorge Salinas, Monica Dionne. Tells the story of Ana and Carlos, a young couple who share an apartment in Mexico City. He is a writer who is financially supported by his mother. One day Tomas, an old friend of the couple, who was traveling around Europe returns and stays in their apartment. In the apartment building across the street live Andrea and Miguel. He is a publicist who does not care to support women morally and financially. She is an ex-model who although surrounded by luxury lacks an authentic amorous relationship. When Miguel invites his ex-girlfriend, Maria, to his apartment he unleashes a sexual and gender war between the characters. In Spanish without subtitles. 121 min. vhs 999:3789
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Simon of the Desert (Simón del Desierto) (Mexico, 1965)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Alvarez Felix, Hortensia Santoveña, Francisco Reiguera, Luis Aceves Castañeda, Enrique Garcia Alvarez, Antonio Bravo, Enrique del Castillo, Eduardo MacGregor. Buñuel's bizarre, very off-beat film based loosely on the life of the 5th century saint, Simeon Stylites. Simon has stood on top of a pillar in the desert for six years, six weeks and six days. His saintliness and denial prompts the Devil to try and tempt him in a variety of guises (all of them female). A bizarre conclusion, with a hint of nuclear catastrophe waiting in the wings, rounds things off quite nicely in this off-beat film. Special DVD features: A Mexican Buñuel (1997), a 50 min. documentary by Emilio Maillé ; new interview with actress Silvia Pinal ; new and improved subtitle translation; new essay by Michael Wood and a reprint interview with Buñuel. 45 min. DVD X1133; vhs 999:165
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Sin dejar huella (Without a Trace) (Spain / Mexico, 2000)
Directed by María Novaro. Cast: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Tiaré Scanda, Jesús Ochoa, Martín Altomaro. The story of two women on the run: one a Spanish dealer in ersatz Mayan relics the other a young mother who has run away from her drug dealer boyfriend and who hopes to build a better life for her two children. The two women ultimately form a bond of solidarity and camaraderie that is put to the test when both a border officer and the boyfriend catch up with them. 113 min. DVD X997
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Rashkin, Elissa. "María Novaro: Exploring the Mythic Nation." In: Women filmmakers in Mexico : the country of which we dream / Elissa J. Rashkin. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. / Ann Marie Stock, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.M4 R33 2001)

Sólo con tu pareja(1991)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Claudia Ramírez, Luis De Icaza, Astrid Hadad, Dobrina Liubomirova, Ricardo Dalmacci, Claudia Fernández, Luz Maria Jerez, Toshiro Alberto Hisaki, Carlos Nakasone, Isabel Benet. Don Juan-ish yuppie Tomás Tomás spends his nights juggling so many beautiful women that he can't keep their names straight -- until one of his many conquests, a spurned nurse, gives him a taste of his own medicine. Special features: "Making Sólo con tu pareja'" (a collection of new video interviews featuring director Alfonso Cuarón, screenwriter Carlos Cuarón & actor Daniel Giménez Cacho, 29 min.) ; 2 short films (Alfonso Cuarón's "Quartet for the end of time", 1983 & Carlos Cuarón's "Wedding night", 2000); original theatrical trailer. Booklet includes an essay by Ryan F. Long ("Sex, lies and mariachis") and a character sketch of main character Tomás Tomás (written by screenwriter Carlos Cuarón & translated by Mariana Carreño King). 100 min. DVD X3942
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Soy charro de levita(Mexico, 1949)
Directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares. Cast: German Valdez (Tin Tan), Marcelo Soares, Rosita Quintana, Carmen Molina, Arturo Martinez. In a musical parody of the "ranchera" comedies of Tito Guizar, Jorge Negrete y Luis Aguilar, Tin Tan and his buddy Marcelo become heroes when they save their friend Carmelita and her baby by breaking up a fraudulent wedding between the son and daughter of two rival political bosses. In Spanish without English subtitles. 100 min. DVD X591
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Stellet Licht (Silent Light) (Mexico / France / Netherlands / Germany, 2007)
Directed by Carlos Reygadas. Cast: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz. Johan, the head of a Mennonite family in northern Mexico, disrupts his marriage and his faith by falling in love with another woman. 136 min. DVD X2533
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Sueños de oro (Mexico / Spain, 1958)
Directed by Miguel Zacarías. Cast: Lola Flores, Julio Aldama, Felix Gonzalez, Carmen Flores. In this musical comedy the beautiful gypsy Carmen flees to avoid being forced into an arranged marriage to a man she does not love. She runs into the director of a show and convinces him that she should join his troup to sing and dance in Mexico. In Spanish without English subtitles. 79 min. DVD 8582
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The Summer of Miss Forbes (El Verano de la Señora Forbes) (Cuba / Mexico / Spain, 1988)
Directed Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Cast Hanna Schygulla (Institutriz), Francisco Gattorno (Aquiles), Alexis Castañares (Sandro), Víctor Cesar Villalobos (Mauricio), Guadalupe Sandoval (La Madre), Fernando Balzaretti (Eduardo), Yuriria Munguia (Cocinera). Miss Forbes is a governess hired to look after two boys whose parents have taken a six-week vacation. By day, she runs the household with oppressive discipline. By night, she gets drunk on tequila. The boys spy on her nighttime binges and fantasize about her brutal death. But their plans for her death are not as grim as her ultimate fate. 87 min. vhs 999:487
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Susana. (Mexico,1951)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Fernando Soler, Rosita Quintana, Victor Manuel Mendoza, Maria Gentil Arcos, Luis Lopez Somoza, Matilde Palou. An incorrigibly delinquent girl escapes from prison and hides out on a plantation, where she becomes a steamy, scheming temptress, running wild with her sexual favors and turning its orderly domestic life into frenzied chaos. Based on the novel by Manuel Reachi. 87 min. DVD 8894
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This Strange Passion (Él). (Mexico,1951)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Arturo de Cordova, Delia Garces, Luis Beristain. A psychological study of a man obsessed. Francisco's romantic love and marriage fades as a paranoid obsession with his wife's supposed infidelity causes him to display fits of jealousy and repentance for his unfounded suspicions. 87 min. DVD 9135 [PAL Region 2 DVD]; vhs 999:1079
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Tívoli(Mexico, 1974)
Directed by Alberto Isaac; script by Alfonso Arau. The mayor of a city, wishing to show his moral leadership and authority, decides to close the Tivoli cabaret, known for its risque shows and performances. The employees of the Tivoli challenge the imminent closing and discover the mayor's greater involvement in corruption. Spanish dialog without English subtitles. vhs 999:1732
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Todos los días son tuyos (Mexico, 2007)
Directed by José Luis Gutiérrez Arias. Cast: Emma Suárez, Alejandro Camacho, Bárbara Lennie, Mario Oliver. Eliseo, a photographer in Mexico City, becomes obsessed with his neighbor, Maria. When Maria is murdered, Eliseo's obsession turns him into the main suspect. Now, he must find a way to prove his innocence while avoiding being captured by the police or being murdered. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 114 min. DVD X4150
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El Topo (Mexico, 1971)
Directed by Alexandro Jodorowsky. Cast: Alexandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Mara Lorenzio, David Silva, Paula Romo, Jacqueline Luis, Robert John, Hector Martinez, Juan José Gurrola, Victor Fosado, Agustin Isunza. First part of the film follows El Topo, a gunfighter and his seven year old son on their journey across the desert as they come upon a massacre and hunt down the killers. The second part shows the death of El Topo, and the rise of his son to fill his place. Non-US format DVD. 119 min. DVD 2955
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Tristana. (Mexico, 1970)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero. Set in 1920's Spain, this film is a scathing examination of moral decay. Tristana, a victim of her own captivating beauty, is desired by two men. One is her lecherous guardian whose physical advances repulse her and cause her to have nightmares of his death, and the other is a young artist who wants to marry her, but lacks the courage. 98 min. vhs 999:798
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The Two Way Mirror (El espejo de dos luna)(TV, 1990)
Directed by Carlos Garcia Agraz. Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Susana Cato. Cast: Arcelia Ramirez, Daniel Giminez Cacho, Maria Rubio, Victor Hugo Martin del Campo, Antonieta Murillo Nieto, Ines Murillo Nieto, Garcia Vazquez Gil, José Antonio Marros. Three weeks before her marriage in 1990, a young woman named Susana has a massive antique mirror hung on her bedroom wall. What is she to think when she discovers a soldier--circa 1863--living in the room's reflection? And what are her family and fiancee to think when, having fallen deeply in love with him, Susana steps through the glass to enter his bygone world? 30 min. DVD 8188; vhs Video 7547

Ustedes los ricos (You, the Rich)(1948)
Directed by Ismael Rodríguez. Cast: Pedro Infante, Blanca Estela Pavon, Evita Munoz, Miguel Manzano, Fredy Fernandez, Fernando Soto, Mimi Derba. Pepe el Toro hits Manuel's car with his truck. Manuel, an affluent gentleman with secret and dark ties to Pepe's family, then decides to meddle in Pepe's life and threaten those he loves. The second in the Pepe el Toro Trilogy. 115 min. DVD 9311
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¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! (Mexico, 1936)
Directed by Fernando de Fuentes. Cast: Antonio R. Frausto, Domingo Soler, Manuel Tames, Ramon Vallarino. This classic of Mexican cinema follows the adventures of six young men who leave their rural homes to join Pancho Villa's army. Together the men endure hardship, tragedy, and disillusionment for the cause of the Mexican Revolution. Based on the novel by Rafael F. Muñoz. 92 min. DVD X137
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Mraz, John. "How Real Is Reel? Fernando de Fuentes's Revolutionary Trilogy." In: Framing Latin American cinema : contemporary critical perspectives / Ann Marie Stock, editor ; forew Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

El Violin (The Violin) (Mexico, 2006)
Directed by Francisco Vargas. Cast: Don Angel Tavira, Dagoberto Gama, Gerardo Taracena, Mario Garibaldi, Fermin Martinez, Silverio Palacios, Justo Martinez. In rural Mexico, during the peasant revolts of the 1970s, Plutarco, his son Genaro and grandson Lucio lead double lives. On the one hand, they are simple country musicians, and on the other they actively support the peasant guerrilla movement against the oppressor government. When the army occupies the village, the rebels are forced to flee and leave their ammunition behind. Making the most of the fact that he looks like an inoffensive violinist, Plutarco has a plan: to recover the munitions hidden in his cornfield. His music enraptures the captain, but he still has to get his hands on the ammunition. Un bisou pour le monde: In this short film a primary school teacher shows her pupils some daily newspapers. As one of the students wants to look at the copy of Le Monde more carefully, he tears it into pieces. The teacher makes him tape the pieces back together, but the student's choices for where the pieces should go has a surprising effect on "the world." 98 min. DVD 9839
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Viridiana (Mexico / Spain, 1961)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey. Viridiana, about to take religious vows, visits her uncle at his country estate. He drugs her and attempts rape, and hangs himself, leaving the estate to Viridiana and his illegitimate son Jorge. While Jorge pursues plans to modernize the estate, Viridiana attempts to convert it into a haven for derelicts. A powerful film widely considered to be one of Bunel's most important works. 90 min. DVD 6625; vhs 999:243
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

A Woman Without Love (Una Mujer Sin Amor). (Mexico, 1952)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Rosario Granados, Tito Junco, Julio Villareal, Joaquin Cordero. An unhappily married woman indulges in a brief, torrid affair with an engineer, but then refuses to leave her elderly husband. Twenty-five years later, the former lover leaves a fortune to her son causing an uproar. From the story Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant. 91 min. DVD 8652; vhs 999:1066
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Wuthering Heights (Abismos de Pasión) (Mexico,1954)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Irasema Dilian, Jorge Mistral, Lilia Prado, Ernesto Alonso, Luis Aceves Castaneda. In this adaptation of Bronte's novel, doomed Latin lovers mirror hopeless passion as Buñuel interweaves his own personal views on death and morality, Freudian analysis and romantic excess into the film. 90 min. Video/C vhs 999:1368
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Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Director, Alfonso Cuarón. Cast: Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna. Two teens set off on a wild cross-country trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Lisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever? 105 min. DVD 1386
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awardse - Best Foreign-Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign-Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign-Language Film

Yanco (Mexico, 1964)
Directed by Servando Gonzalez. Cast Ricardo Ancona, Jesús Medina, María Bustama. A young Indian boy in a village near Mexico City learns to play a home-made violin, nicknamed "Yanco." When the old man who is his teacher dies the boy is kept from having the violin. However, each night he "borrows" it to play beautiful music, thus frightening the superstitious villagers. The film has only music, background dialogue and natural sounds, hence there are no subtitles. Spanish dialog, without subtitles. 90 min. vhs 999:240
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The Young and the Damned (Los Olvidados) (Mexico,1951)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. The film focuses on Pedro, a young boy whose mother has no use for him, and who becomes involved with a malevolent gang of delinquents; and on Jaibo, an older, more hardened youth, who leads Pedro deeper into the world of crime. Despite Pedro's sincere attempts to reform, he moves inevitably toward tragedy. 79 min. vhs 999:24
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Cannes Film Festival - Best Director

The Young One (La Joven) (Mexico, 1960)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Zachary Scott, Bernie Hamilton, Kay Meersman, Graham Denton, Claudio Brook. Set in the American South on a remote coastal island, a black man fleeing a lynch mob meets a racist sheriff and a recently orphaned 13 year old white girl. Upon release in 1960, this film shocked American audiences with its depiction of a strong, sarchastic black man, capable of holding his own against racism. 95 min. vhs 999:1369
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Zurdo (Mexico, 2003)
Directed by Carlos Salcés. Cast: Alex Perea, Arcelia Ramírez, Giovanni Florido, Alejandro Camacho, Guillermo Gil. The story of Lefty, a young boy in a futuristic fantasy version of a small Mexican town who is extremely talented at playing marbles. When a corrupt cop from a nearby village challenges him to a competition with an enormous cash prize, can Lefty's talent be any match for Romo's cheating and threats? The town forces Lefty to accept the challenge, hoping to make money off of his talents. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 110 min. DVD X4045
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Adorables Mentiras (Spain / Cuba, 1992)
Director, Gerardo Chijona. Cast: Isabel Santos, Luis Alberto Garcia, Mirtha Ibarra, Thais Valdes. Explores the encounter of a promising screenwriter and a woman who fantasizes about becoming the star of his next film. As the two pursue their affair, they enter into a fantasy film that in the end will never be made. In Spanish, no subtitles. 108 min. vhs 999:3037
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Alicia en el Pueblo de Maravillas (Alice in Wondertown)(1990)
Directed by Daniel Díaz Torres. Cast: Thais Valdés, Reynaldo Miravalles, Alberto Pujol, Carlos Cruz, Raúl Pomares. A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real Cuba. The adventures that she has there are almost as crazy and senseless as the ones lived by the other Alice (in Wonderland), reflecting the indoctrination, coercion, absolutims, and many other everyday problems in Cuban society. Special features: "Paul Kopinzky" short film directed by Malte Ollroge; interview with Daniel Díaz Torres; "To Alice, on her 17th birthday" director's note; director biography & filmography. 93 min. DVD X1852

Amor vertical (Cuba, 1997)
Directed by Arturo Sotto Díaz. Cast: Jorge Perugorría, Silvia Águila, Susana Pérez. In this irreverent look at life in modern-day Cuba, two young lovers defy all odds to find a way to be together. Estela is an architecture student who is so disillusioned by the housing situation in Havana that she tries to commit suicide. She is taken to the hospital, where she meets Ernesto, a nurse who sometimes pretends to be a psychiatrist in order to seduce female patients. Includes animated shorts Filminuto 3 and 5 after feature film. (SF Latino Film Festival collection) In Spanish without English subtitles. 103 min. vhs 999:3886
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La Aventuras de Juan Quin Quin (1967)
Director/screenplay, Julio Garcia Espinosa. Cast: Julio Martinez, Erdwin Fernández, Adelaida Raymat, Enrique Santiesteban. A peasant farmer becomes a soldier in the Cuban revolution in this offbeat adventure comedy. His healthy cynicism towards the police, wealthy landlords, and the government serves him well after he joins up with a female guerilla. He rises to become a lieutenant as he waits for the signal for the rebellion to begin. Based on a novel by Samuel Fejóo. Special DVD features: Por primera vez" (The first time), a documentary by Octavio Cortazar about Cubans experiencing the medium of film for the first time; photo gallery; Julio Garcia Espinosa biography and filmography. 110 min. DVD 7216 (In Spanish with optional English subtitles); vhs 999:3034 (In Spanish, no English subtitles)
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Azúcar Amarga (Bitter Sugar) (Cuba / Dominican Republic, 1996)
Directed by Leon Ichaso. Cast: Rene Lavan, Mayte Vilan, Miguel Gutierrez, Larry Villanueva. Gustavo, an idealistic young Cuban Communist, sours on the political conditions in his country and is willing to let his girlfriend and family go in order to take action in this blazing tale of romantic and political passions amid the ruins of the Cuban Revolution. 102 min. DVD 641
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Barrio Cuba (Cuba, 2005)
Directed by Humberto Solás. Cast: Luisa Maria Jimenez, Jorge Perugorria, Isabel Santos, Mario Limonta, Adela Legra, Rafael Lahera, Ana Dominguez. A look at life and everyday struggles in Havana through three main stories -- when a woman dies in childbirth, the new father runs away; a lonely woman is courted by an older man, but can't forget her first love; a couple's relationship crumbles when they can't conceive a child. 106 min. DVD X5072
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Cecilia (Cuba, 1982)
Directed by Humberto Solás. Cast Daisy Granados, Imanol Arías, Raquel Revuelta, Gerardo Riverón, Miguel Benavides, Eslinda Nuñez. This classic film, based on the novel 'Cecilia Valdés' by Cirilio Villaverde, is set in nineteenth-century Cuba. The story of Cecilia, a mulatta, and her relationship with a white man provides an intimate and stark portrayal of colonial Cuba. Special DVD features: "Cualquier mujer" in which Cuban actresses are interviewed and introduced; photo gallery; Director Humberto Solás: biography and filmography. 147 min. DVD 7216; vhs 999:2155
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Burton, Julianne (ed.); Alvear, Marta. "Interview with Humberto Solás: Every Point of Arrival Is a Point of Departure." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 19, pp. 32-33, Dec 1978 UC users only
Martin, Michael T.; Paddington, Bruce. " Restoration or Innovation?: An Interview with Humberto Solás: Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema ." Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring, 2001, pp. 2-12UC users only

De Cierta Manera (Cuba, 1977)
Directed by Sara Gómez Yera. Cast: Mario Balmaseda, Yolanda Cuellar, Mario Limonta, Isaura Mendoza, Bobby Carcases, Sarita Reyes. Set in a new housing project replacing a slum area just outside Havana, three young people try to readjust their lives to the new social order of Fidel Castro's Cuba in this fascinating cinematic mix of documentary and fiction. 79 min. DVD 6577 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:3384
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Baron, Guy. "The Illusion of Equality: Machismo and Cuban Cinema of the Revolution." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jul2010, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p354-366, 13p UC users only
Martínez-Echazábal, Lourdes. "The Politics of Afro-Cuban Religion in Contemporary Cuban Cinema." Afro-Hispanic Review, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 16-22, Spring 1994

Clandestinos (Undercover) (Cuba, 1987 )
Director, Fernando Pérez. Cast: Luis Alberto García, Isabel Santos, Susana Pérez, René Losada, Amado del Pino, Miguel Gutierrez, Miguel Navarro. This tense, action-packed political thriller chronicles the romance between two young revolutionaries in 1950s Havana as they fight for their lives against Batista's secret service. Based on real events from the early days of the revolution.. 89 min. DVD X1824
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Borter, Beat. "Moving to Thought: The Inspired Reflective Cinema of Fernando Pérez." In: Framing Latin American cinema : contemporary critical perspectives / Ann Marie Stock, editor ; forew Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

Death of a Bureaucrat (La Muerte de un Burócrata) (Cuba, 1966)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas and Manuel Estanilla. A hilarious social satire concerning the tyranny of red tape in Cuba. The comedy begins when a sculptor is buried with his union card and the widow needs his card to get her pension. A nephew who is sent to get permission to exhume the body becomes entangled in a bewildering world of red tape. 87 min. vhs 999:1385
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Un Dia de Noviembre (In Spanish, 1972)
Director, Humberto Solás. Cast: Gildo Torres, Eslinda Nunez, Raquel Revuelta, Silvia Planas, Alicia Bustamante, Miguel Benavides. After the death of his girlfriend, a young man is forced to take a closer look at his life as a Cuban revolutionary and at his relationships with others as he questions the meaning of suffering in his own and other's lives. In Spanish. 94 min. vhs 999:3261
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Burton, Julianne (ed.); Alvear, Marta. "Interview with Humberto Solás: Every Point of Arrival Is a Point of Departure." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 19, pp. 32-33, Dec 1978 UC users only
Martin, Michael T.; Paddington, Bruce. " Restoration or Innovation?: An Interview with Humberto Solás: Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema ." Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring, 2001, pp. 2-12UC users only

Las Doce Sillas (1962)
Director, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Enrique Santiesteban, Reynaldo Miravalles, René Sánchez, Max Beltrán, María Pardo. Before his death a rich person decides to hide the jewels of the family under the lining of a chair. An ex-proprietor and his ex-driver, discover this and undertake a desperate search for the treasure which gives rise to amusing situations and incredible adventures. In Spanish, without English subtitles. 97 min. vhs 999:3032
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El Elefante y la Bicicleta (The Elephant and the Bicycle) (UK / Cuba, 1967)
Direccion, Juan Carlos Tabío. Cast: Luis Alberto García, Liliam Vega, Raul Pomares, Martha Parre, Daisy Granados, Adolfo Llaurado, Patricio Wood, Fidelio Torres, Luis Alberto García, Paula Ali, Elvira Enriquez, Osvaldo Doimeadios, Serafín García. Returning to his home in 1925 to an island off the Cuban coast, an ex-con brings a silent film projector and a print of Robin Hood with him. All the islanders flock to enjoy this new experience. But with revolution in the air, repeated viewings of the film give it a new meaning in the eyes of its audience: they see a drama in which they, as underdogs, rise up against the capitalists, represented by the island's unpopular landowners. In Spanish, no subtitles. 85 min. vhs 999:3033
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El Súper (USA, 1971)
Directed by Leon Ichaso and Orlando Jiménez-Leal. Cast: Raymundo Hidalgo-Gato, Zully Montero, Reynaldo Medina, Elizabeth Peña. A humorous and touching view of Cuban exiles living in a basement apartment during a snowy winter in New York. El Super is the story of Roberto, a superintendent, who dreams of his warm and friendly homeland, and stubbornly refuses to assimilate into the new culture. 80 min vhs 999:1130
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Guaguasi (USA / Dominican Republic, 1983)
Directed by Jorge Ulla. Cast: Orestes Matacena, Marilyn Puppo, Raymundo Hidalgo-Gato, Marco Santiago, Rolando Barral. Focuses on the disintegration of a young peasant's morality once he joins the revolutionary forces of Castro's Cuba. The naive peasant was expecting adventure but before his stint in the military has ended, whether he wants to be fully aware of it or not, he is a trained killer. When he falls in love with a chorus girl in Havana, Guaguasi turns to drugs and alcohol. His decline accelerates, putting both his lover and his friends at the mercy of his slipping hold on stability. 107 min. DVD 3586
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Guantanamera (Cuba / Spain / Germany, 1995)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Carlos Cruz, Mirtha Ibarra, Jorge Perugorría, Raúl Eguren, Pedro Fernández, Luis Alberto García, Conchita Brando, Suset Pérez. In this romantic comedy, Yoyita, a world-famous diva, returns to her home town of Guantanamo for an elegant reception and a surprise reunion with her once beloved, Candido. Overjoyed with the rekindled memories of her first love, Yoyita's elated heart fizzles while in Candido's embrace. Joining Yoyita's procession back to Havana are her sexy niece Gina, a former professor blacklisted for political nonconformity, and her husband Adolfo, a tasteless government official. As the cortege wends westward across Cuba, its path keeps crossing that of Mariano, a gallant truck driver who once had a crush on Gina and whose recurring presence crystallizes her doubts about her marriage. 104 min. vhs 999:2087
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Guardafronteras (1980)
Director, Octavio Cortazar. Cast: Tito Junco, Javier Gonzalez, Patricio Wood, Salvador Blanco, Maribel Rodriguez. In 1963 in Cuba, a platoon of border guards is sent to a small island where exiled Cubans have been landing to stage raids on the country. After successfully stopping an attempted raid by an offshore boat, the nervous soldiers accidentally attack one of their own boats, unrecognized at first because it had been repainted. In Spanish without English subtitles. 129 min. vhs 999:3263
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The Harder They Come (Jamaica, 1973)
Directed by Perry Henzell. Cast: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman, Basil Keane, Robert Charlton, and Winston Stone. A rural Jamaican musician journeys to the city of Kingston in search of fame and fortune. Pushed to desperate circumstances by shady record producers and corrupt cops, he achieves notoriety as a murderous outlaw. A cult movie favorite Cast: reggae music and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff. 103 min. DVD 383; vhs 999:814
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Collins, Loretta. "The Harder They Come: Rougher Version." Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism; Mar2003 Issue 13, p46, 26p UC users only
Gaztambide-Fernandez, Ruben A. "Reggae, Ganja, and Black Bodies: Power, Meaning, and the Markings of Postcolonial Jamaica in Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come." Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, Oct-Dec2002, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p352, 24pUC users only
Slater, Candace. "The Harder They Come and the Picaresque Hero." Review, 18 (Fall 1976), 88-91.
Younger, Prakash. "Historical Experience in The Harder They Come." Social Text, Spring2005, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p43-63, 21pUC users only

Hello, Hemingway (Cuba, 1990)
Director, Fernando Pérez. Cast: Laura de la Uz, Raúl Paz, Herminia Sánchez, Caridad Hernandez. Havana 1950s. Larita loves Elvis, Ernest Hemingway and her rebellious friend Victor. But Victor is more concerned with the turbulent political situation in Cuba than Larita's likes and dreams. Hoping to study in the United States, she quickly discovers that her origins and poverty work against her. In spite of her obstacles she is inspired by her own rich fantasy world. A story written by Hemingway becomes her own story of striving for a better future. Special features: Short films and newsreels about Ernest Hemingway's life in Cuba; filmmaker biography and filmography. 84 min. DVD X1825
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Borter, Beat. "Moving to Thought: The Inspired Reflective Cinema of Fernando Pérez." In: Framing Latin American cinema : contemporary critical perspectives / Ann Marie Stock, editor ; forew Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

I Am Cuba (Ya Kuba)
Directed by Serge Urusevsky. Cast: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Vud, José Gallardo, Raúl Garcia. A Cuban propaganda film first exhibited outside of Cuba and the Soviet Union in 1992. The film, an anthology of pre-revolutionary folk tales, is divided into four parts, each presenting fictional events which led to the success of the revolution under Fidel Castro. In the first film a poor, Havana girl loses herself in the decadent night life of the city and becomes a prostitute serving American tourists; in the second, an old farmer who is about to be evicted from his land by the United Fruit Company sets fire to his house and cane fields and collapses in despair; in the third, university students demonstrate and plot against the government, and are martyred; and in the last an ignorant campesino, driven from his home by Batista's forces, sees the light and follows it to a rebel camp where Fidel's troops welcome him. Special features on DVD X2592: Newly remastered for high definition from the original Russian 35mm fine grain interpositive ; video interview with director Martin Scorsese (26 min.) ; Cuban version of opening credits ; original Milestone trailer ; stills gallery. 1964. 141 min. DVD X2592; also DVD 5782; Video/C vhs 999:1212

The Siberian Mammoth Documentary on the making of the film "I am Cuba." DVD X2593.
A Film about Mikhail Kalatozov Documentary on the making of the film "I am Cuba." DVD X2594.

Nagib, Lúcia. "Panaméricas Utópicas: Entranced and Transient Nations in I Am Cuba (1964) and Land in Trance (1967)." Hispanic Research Journal, Feb2007, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p79-90, 12p UC users only
Denby, David. "I Am Cuba." (movie reviews) New York v28, n12 (March 20, 1995):60 (2 pages).
Klawans, Stuart."I Am Cuba." (movie reviews) Nation v260, n11 (March 20, 1995):394 (4 pages).
Holden, Stephen. "I Am Cuba." (movie reviews) New York Times v144 (Wed, March 8, 1995):C15(L), col 1, 17 col in.
Rafferty, Terrence. "I Am Cuba." (movie reviews) New Yorker v71, n4 (March 20, 1995):107.
Sterritt, David. "I Am Cuba." (movie reviews) Christian Science Monitor v87, n72 (Fri, March 10, 1995):13, col 1, 12 col in.
Thomajan, Dale. "Handheld Heaven, Agitprop Purgatory. "('I Am Cuba,' film by Mikhail Kalatazov) Film Comment v31, n2 (March-April, 1995):87 (2 pages).
West, Dennis. "I Am Cuba." (video recording reviews) Cineaste v22, n2 (Spring, 1996):52.

Krik? Krak!: Tales of a Nightmare. (Haiti, 1997)
Directed by Jac Avila and Vanyoska Gee. This story of Haiti's misery under two generations of Duvaliers is told impressionistically, mingling absolutely extraordinary documents of daily life (including an interview with Papa Doc himself) with scenes from fiction films to convey what a straightforward documentary cannot: the continual shifts between levels of reality in Haitian life, some of which are inaccessbile to the camera, in particular, the omnipresence of the Voodoo religion. 78 min. vhs 999:2106
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The Last Supper (La Última Cena) (Cuba, 1976)
Directed by Tomás Guitiérrez Alea. Cast: Nelson Villagra, Silvano Rey, Luis Alberto Garcia, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Samuel Claxton, Mario Balmaseda, Idelfonso Tamayo, Julio Hernandez, Tito Junco. A historical drama based on a true incident from Cuban history; a slaveholder in the late 18th century decides to improve his soul and instruct his slaves in the tenets of Christianity by inviting twelve of them to a reenactment of the Last Supper. 110 min. DVD X883; vhs 999:616
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Lejanía (Cuba, 1985)
Directed by Jesús Díaz. Cast: Lordes Casal, Carlos Muniz, Verónica Lynn.A woman's relationship with her husband is jeopardized when his mother who lives in the United States, returns to Cuba to visit after abandoning him at the age of 16. 85 min. vhs 999:1350
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Silcox, S. Travis. "'Represento El Pasado': Political Melodrama And Jesús Díaz's Lejanía. Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 44, No. 3/4, Latin American Cinema: Gender Perspectives (Fall 1992 and Winter 1993), pp. 120-139 UC users only

Letters from the Park (Cartas del Parque) Gabriel García Márquez Collection. (Cuba / Spain, 1988)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Victor Laplace, Ivonne Lopez, Miguel Paneque. Two shy young lovers enlist the help of the local poet to write passionate letters to each other, but soon the woman becomes the object of the poet's affection, and all are faced with a perplexing dilemma. 85 min. vhs 999:490
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Libertad: The Dark Untold Story of Castro's Cuba
A dramatization "based on true stories and interviews with Cuban political refugees and rafters." After a failed attempt to flee Cuba, an artist is captured, tortured and imprisoned for years. When he is mysteriously released he makes a second attempt to flee with friends in a homemade raft but the group finds terror at sea and their search for freedom becomes a journey for survival. 2001. 110 min. vhs 999:2955

Lucía. (Cuba, 1969)
Directed by Humberto Solás. Cast: Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Nuñez, Adela Legra. Deals with the theme of women and revolution by following the lives of three different women named Lucia during three different revolutionary periods of Cuba's history; the Cuban War of Independence in 1895, the Machado era in the 1930's, and post-revolutionary Cuba of the 1960's. 160 min. DVD 9970; DVD X5246 (PAL); vhs 999:1348
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Amiot, Julie; Chabani, Karim (translator). "Lucía: Humberto Solás, Cuba, 1968." In: The cinema of Latin America / edited by Alberto Elena & Marina Díaz López.\ London ; New York : Wallflower, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.L3 C496 2003)
Burton, Julianne (ed.); Alvear, Marta. "Interview with Humberto Solás: Every Point of Arrival Is a Point of Departure." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 19, pp. 32-33, Dec 1978 UC users only
Martin, Michael T.; Paddington, Bruce. " Restoration or Innovation?: An Interview with Humberto Solás: Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema ." Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring, 2001, pp. 2-12UC users only
Mraz, John G. "'Lucía': History and Film in Revolutionary Cuba." Film & History 1975 5(1): 8-14 7p. UC users only
Weinstein, Barbara. "Lucía: Inventing Women's History on Film." In: Based on a true story : Latin American history at the movies / edited by Donald F. Stevens. Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.L37 B37 1997)

Madagascar (1994)
Producer and director, Fernando Pérez. Cast: (Madagascar) Zaida Castellanos, Laura de la Uz, Elena Bolanos, Jorge Molina. Set in contemporary Cuba, a bored physics professor is confronted with her lost idealism as her adolescent daughter's search for identity moves from typical teenage interests to an obsession with religion and good works. In Spanish (with Quierème y Veras). 50 min. vhs 999:3039
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Borter, Beat. "Moving to Thought: The Inspired Reflective Cinema of Fernando Pérez." In: Framing Latin American cinema : contemporary critical perspectives / Ann Marie Stock, editor ; forew Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)
Maluala (Cuba, 1979)
Directed by Sergio Giral. Cast: Samuel Claxton, Miguel Navarro, Roberto Blanco, Miguel Guitiérrez. In 19th century Cuba, African slaves known as Cimarrons overpower their Spanish masters and hide in settlements in the eastern mountains. But discord among the Cimarrons is sown by traitors working secretly for the Spanish. 80 min. DVD X1270
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Manuela(Cuba, 1966)
Directed by Humberto Solás. Cast: Adela Legrá, Adolfo Llauradó, Olga Gonzalez, Luis Alberto Garcia, Ruddy Mora, Flavio Calderin, Juana Albuquerque. A young girl travels to Sierra Maestra to join the rebels during the early years of the Cuban revolution. In Spanish without English subtitles. 39 min. vhs 999:3259
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Burton, Julianne (ed.); Alvear, Marta. "Interview with Humberto Solás: Every Point of Arrival Is a Point of Departure." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 19, pp. 32-33, Dec 1978 UC users only
Martin, Michael T.; Paddington, Bruce. " Restoration or Innovation?: An Interview with Humberto Solás: Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema ." Film Quarterly. Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring, 2001, pp. 2-12UC users only

Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo). (Cuba, 1968)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Nuñez, Omar Valdéz, René de la Cruz. A study of Cuban society before and after the revolution as seen through the eyes of a man who is a landlord and self-styled writer. Based on the novel: Memorias del subdesarrollo / Edmundo Desnoes. 97 min. DVD X4956; vhs 999:507
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Una Mujer, un Hombre, una Ciudad ... (1978)
Directed by Manuel Octavio Gómez. Cast: Idalia Anreus, Mario Balmaseda, Raul Pomares, Omar Valdes, Alden Knight, Raquel Gonzalez, Ramon Veloz. Set in Cuba this is the story of Marisa and Miguel and the town they live in, Nuevitas. Marisa is an accomplished woman but with family problems. Miguel, who has achieved personal stability, has to rebuild his life when he has to return to his hometown of Nuevitas. In Spanish without titles. 96 min. vhs 999:3258
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Na-Na (Cuba, 2003)
Directed by Patricia Ramos. Cast: Fernanda Rodríguez Pérez, Andy Fornaris Flores, Beatriz González. Tells the charming sotry of the brief meeting of two children from opposite socioeconomic status in Cuba. One, a girl from the countryside, the other, a boy from the city on his way to the United States. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. In Spanish without English subtitles. 17 min. vhs 999:3904
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Una Novia para David (1985)
Director, Orlando Rojas. Cast: María Isabel Díaz Lago, Jorge Luis Alvarez, Francisco Gattorno, Edith Massola. A young man comes of age in post-revolution Cuba and begins an amorous pursuit of his high school's beauty but finds himself falling for the honesty and charm of a less attractive girl. In Spanish. 106 min. vhs 999:3031
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Nueba Yol (Domincian Republic, 1995)
Directed by Ángel Muniz. Cast: Luisito Marti, Caridad Ravelo, Raul Carbonell, Alfonso Zayas, Rafael Villalona, Joel Garcia. Relates the story of Balbuena, a Dominican immigrant to New York, and his daily struggles in a strange land, devoid of the comforts of his native customs, language and culture. 102 min. DVD X4826
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Nueba Yol 3: Bajo la nueva ley (Domincian Republic, 1997)
Directed by Ángel Muniz. Cast: Luisito Marti, Caridad Ravelo, Raul Carbonell, Alfonso Zayas, Rafael Villalona, Joel Garcia. Laugh watching this good natured immigrant Balbuena continue to struggle for the American dream in the Big Apple. 102 min. DVD X4826; vhs 999:1753
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One Way or Another: Sort of About Real People and Fictitious Ones (De cierta manera: pelicula de largometraje sobre algunos personajes reales y otros de ficcion) (Cuba, 1984)
Directed by Sara Gómez Yera, Julio Garcia Espinosa, Thomas González Pérez, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Mario Balmaseda (Mario), Yolanda Cuéllar (Yolanda), Mario Limonta (Humberto), Isaura Mendoza, Bobby Carcases, Sarita Reyes.Set in a new housing project replacing a slum area just outside of Havana, three young peole try to readjust their lives to the new social order of Fidel Castro's Cuba. 79 min. vhs 999:1349
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El otro Francisco (Cuba, 1974)
Directed by Sergio Giral. Cast: Miguel Benavides, Ramoncito Veloz, Alina Sánchez, Adolfo Llaurado, Héctor Quintero (as narrator). A socio-economic analysis of slavery and class struggle through the retelling of the original novel. Contrasts the romantic conceptions of plantation life found in Suárez Romero's novel with a realistic exposé of the actual historical conditions of slavery throughout the Americas. Offers a critical analysis of the novel, showing how the author's social background led to his use of particular dramatic structures to convey his liberal, humanitarian viewpoint. Based on the novel Francisco by Anselmo Suárez y Romero. 97 min. DVD X1270
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Papeles Secundarios (1988)
Director, Orlando Rojas. Cast: Rosita Fornés, Juan Luis Galiardo, Luisa Perez Nieto. Follows the loves and frustrations onstage and off of a group of professional stage actors in Havana as they rehearse for a play. Based on the play Requiem por Yarini by Carlos Felipe. In Spanish without English subtitles. 113 min. vhs 999:3035
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Portrait of Teresa (Retrato de Teresa) (Cuba, 1979)
Directed by Pastor Vega. Cast Daisy Granados, Adolfo Llaurado, Alina Sanchez, Paual Pomares. Teresa is a Cuban housewife, mother, and employee in a textile factory whose involvement in political and cultural groups incurs the displeasure of her husband. 115 min. vhs 999:1341
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Baron, Guy. "The Illusion of Equality: Machismo and Cuban Cinema of the Revolution." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jul2010, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p354-366, 13p UC users only
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Quiéreme y Verás (1994)
Director, Daniel Diaz Torres. An old thief is obsessed with the idea of discovering the identity of a woman whose unexpected apparition thirtyfive years before, had foiled his attempted holdup of a bank. In Spanish (with Madagascar). 47 min. vhs 999:3039
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Die Riese des Löwen (Journey of the Lion) (Jamaica, 1992)
Directed by Fritz Baumann. Cast: Howard Anthony Trott, Irey Trott, Makeba Trott, Morant Kumina, Joyce Wellington, Jewel Burke. Brother Howie (Howard A. Trott) is a Jamaican Rastafari who dreams of the land of his ancestors: Africa. On a journey in search of his roots and his identity he travels through three continents and, with great humor and sensitivity, discovers the world and Africa. In Jamaican languages with English subtitles. 90 min. vhs 999:1984

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Se Permuta (1984)
Director/writer, Juan Carlos Tabío. Cast: Rosita Fornés, Isabel Santos, Mario Balmaseda, Ramoncito Veloz. Glória, Yolanda's mother, exchanges their old house in Guanabacoa for a modern apartment in Vedado to keep Yolanda away from her boyfriend, but her plans soon backfire. In Spanish without English subtitles. 93 min. vhs 999:3036
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Slave Hunter (Cuba, 1975)
Directed by Sergio Giral. Cast: Reynaldo Miravalles, Adolfo Llaurado, Samuel Claxton, Omar Valdes, Raul Pomarés, Olivia Belizaires. Rancheadors were henchmen of the slave-owning colonialists in the West Indies charged with the task of pursuing fugitive slaves and returning them to their owners. Getting paid for his work by using the severed ear of a returned slave as proof of his success, Pedro Esteves, bloodthirsty central figure of this film not ony hunted down runaways but as others of his kind bolstered the power of the ruling class, cutting off the buds of rebellion and thus liberty for all the oppressed, blacks and whites alike. Based on the book, Diario de un rancheador by Cirilo Villaverde. 98 min. DVD X1272
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Los Sobrevivientes (1979)
Director, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Enrique Santisteban, Reynaldo Miravalles, Germán Pinelli, Ana Viña, Vicente Revuelta. A bourgeois Cuban family, of aristocratic origin, locks itself into its mansion when the Cuban Revolution comes to power to sit out the bad times and preserve its class values. As time passes, the family and its servants regress through the different social systems of humanity, ending in their total destruction. In Spanish without subtitles. 130 min. vhs 999:3260
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Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y Chocolate), (Cuba,1994)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Cast: Jorge Perugorria, Vladimir Cruz, Mirtha Ibarra, Francisco Gatorno. A naive college kid, on his own for the first time, meets a writer and a passionate woman who teach him everything there is to know about the things that aren't taught in school. 104 min. DVD 7424
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Up to a Certain Point (Hasta Cierto Punto). (Cuba, 1961)
Directed by Tomas G. Aléa. Cast: Oscar Alvarez, Mirta Ibarra, Omar Valdes, Coralio Veloz. This clever self-reflexive satire about the battle of the sexes in contemporary Cuba tells the story of an educated, liberal filmmaker who, in doing research for a film about the social problem of machismo in Cuban society, finds himself falling in love with the sexy, liberated Lina, a pioneering female dockworker. 70 min. vhs 999:1336
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Ustedes Tienen la Palabra (1973)
Director, Manuel Octavio Gómez. Cast: Luis Alberto Ramírez, Salvador Wood, Omar Valdés, Idalia Anreus. Depicts the trial of four men who are being prosecuted for burning their town's warehouse and killing eight people. As several witnesses testify, their accounts evolve into different sub-plots which portray the obstacles preventing the establishment of an egalitarian society in Cuba. In Spanish without subtitles. 120 min. vhs 999:3262
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La Vida Es Silbar (1998)
Director, Fernando Pérez. Cast: Luis Alberto Garcia, Isabel Santos, Coralia Veloz, Rolando Brito, Bebe Perez. The story of a group of Havana bohemians looking for love: Bebe, an 18-year-old Cuban who was raised in an orphanage and her two best friends, petty thief Elpidio and aspiring dancer Mariana. In Spanish without English subtitles. 110 min. vhs 999:3038
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After the Earthquake (Despur'es del Terremoto)
Directed by Lourdes Portillo (1979). Video/C 3355

Death and the Maiden. (UK, USA, France, 1994)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Featuring Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson. Fifteen years ago, Paulina Escobar had her life shattered when she was taken prisoner and tortured by a sadistic doctor. Now, through a chance encounter, she may have found the man responsible for her nightmares and tonight he's going to pay. But how far will she go to get even? And how can she be sure, after so many years, that she has found the right man? 103 min. vhs 999:2060
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El Norte (USA, 1983)
Directed by Gregory Nava. Beginning in the remote mountain jungles of Guatemala, awash with the lushness of nature and the rainbow colors of the Mayans, this highly-acclaimed drama about a brother and sister seeking a better life centers on two young Indians. When their father is killed by government soldiers and their mother taken away, they set out for the "promised land" to the north--El Norte. When they finally reach Los Angeles, however, their trials are not over for they are "illegals" submerged in an alien culture. 141 min. vhs 999:268
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Luis Buñuel.
Biographical account of Spanish born film director, Luis Buñuel, and a critique of his work through interviews with family, friends and collaborators. Clips of Buñuel at work and from some of his movies provide an additional dimension to the commentary. In Spanish. 75 min. Video/C 4219

El Mariachi (USA, 1992)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Reinol Martinez, Peter Marquardt. All he wants is to be a mariachi, like his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather before him. But the town he thinks will bring him luck brings only a curse--of deadly mistaken identity. Forced to trade his guitar for a gun, the mariachi is playing for his life. Independent filmmaker, R. Rodriguez financed this film with earnings from a stay in a research hospital using borrowed equipment with no second takes and a talented cast of unknowns. 81 min. DVD 3936
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Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-Negres) (France / Martinique, 1995)
Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Darling Legitimus, Garry Cadenat, Douta Seck, Joby Bernabe. The teenage life and adventures of young José, who lives in a shanty-town on Martinique in the mid-1930s, comprises the body of this film. José lives with his grandmother and is well aware of the French colonial presence. He gets into mischief, learns valuable lessons on living from an old former slave, drinks too much one time, and even sets fire to one of the run-down shanties. Regardless of his pranks, José never neglects his education. 107 min. DVD 3041; vhs 999:254
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El abrazo partido (Lost Embrace) (Argentina / France / Italy / Spain, 2004)
Directed by Daniel Burman. Cast: Daniel Hendler, Adriana Aizenberg, Jorge D'Elia, Sergio Boris, Diego Korol, Atilio Pozzobon, Silvina Bosco, Isaac Fajn, Norman Erlich, Rosita Londner. Ariel is a young man who lives in a Jewish working-class section of Buenos Aires. Since his father went missing in the war, his mother Sonia and brother Joseph work in the shopping and business district. With no interest in school or work, Ariel just ends up hanging out. He finally gets motivated by the idea of moving to Poland, so asks his grandmother, an ex-girlfriend, and Rabbi Benderson for help. 96 min. DVD X161
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Alla Lejos y Hace Tiempo (Far Away and Long Ago) (Argentina, 1974)
Directed by Manuel Antin. A film based on the autobiography of Guillermo Enrique Hudson who was a dedicated Argentine naturalist. This is the moving story of growing up in the pampas. Through his deep friendship with an old gaucho, a boy on the threshold of life becomes fascinated with nature and the mysteries of the human soul. vhs 999:1414
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Ana y los otros (Ana and the Others) (Argentina, 2003)
Directed by Celina Murga. Cast: Camila Toker, Ignacio Uslenghi, Natacha Massera, Juan Cruz Diaz la Barba. Ana is a young woman who lives in Buenos Aires and returns to her native city, Parana, where she meets old friends, makes new ones, revisits her past and begins to rethink her life. 80 min. DVD 6897
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Un Año sin amor (A Year Without Love) (Argentina, 2005)
Directed by Anahi Berneri. Cast: Juan Minujin, Mimi Ardu, Carlos Echevarria, Osmar Nuñez, Javier Van De Couter, Ricardo Merkin, Barbara Lombardo. Pablo, a young writer dying of AIDS searches for a cure and human interaction in the hospitals and sex clubs of Buenos Aires. 95 min. Video DVD 6884
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Arizona sur (Argentina, 2007)
Director, Daniel Pensa Miguel and Angel Rocca. Cast: Nazareno Casero, Daniel Freire, Alejandro Awada. The film begins with a pregnant 70 year old woman in a coma. Her two sons decide to hunt down the man who impregnated her. In this journey the younger of the two brothers discovers that he himself is the son of the absent father of his would-be sibling. To his astonishment and curiosity he also discovers the gift that his father gives to all his sons: webbed toes. The older brother, meanwhile, meets an angelic girl and is molested in a betting-house. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 94 min. DVD X4147
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El astillero(Argentina, 2000)
Directed by David Lipszyc. Cast: Ricardo Bartis, Ingrid Pelicori, Mía Maestro, Cristina Banegas, Norman Briski, Ulises Dumont. Set in Santa María, a melancholy town in Rio Plata, in the 1950s, the film tells the story of Larsen, a hot-headed pimp driven out of town five years earlier for attempting to open a brothel. He returns, determined to get revenge and vindication. He begins by seducing the young daughter of Jeremias Petrus, a prominent industrialist, owner of the local shipyard now shut down because of a lawsuit. Based on novel by Juan Carlos Onetti. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 86 min. vhs 999:3915
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El aura (The Aura)(Argentina / France / Spain, 2005)
Directed by Fabián Bielinsky. Cast: Ricardo Darin, Dolores Fonzi, Alejandro Awada, Pablo Cedron, Jorge D'Elia, Manuel Rodal, Rafael Castejon, Walter Reyno, Nahuel Perez Biscayart. A quiet, cynic taxidermist, who suffers from epilepsy attacks, is obsessed with committing the perfect crime. He claims that the police are too stupid to find out about it when it's well executed, and that the robbers are too stupid to execute it the right way. He feels that he could do it himself by relying on his photographic memory and his strategic planning skills. He is invited on a hunting trip away from his home. Once there, an accident gives him the chance of a lifetime: the possibility to commit the perfect crime. 138 min. DVD 9050
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Besos en la frente (Argentina, 1996)
Director, Carlos Galettini. Cast: China Zorrilla, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Claudio García Satur, Carolina Papaleo, Alejandra Flechner, Erica Rivas, Mabel Manzotti. Octogenarian Mercedes Arévalo has never once experienced a satisfying adult love affair or relationship. On an emotional level, she is still very much an adolescent girl. The future suddenly brightens when into her life waltzes a dashing young Uruguayan screenwriter, Sebastián Miguez, rebounding from a romantic split. In time Mercedes invites Sebastián to move into her house. He accepts, perceiving the arrangement as innocent and harmless, but in reality, Mercedes has fallen deeply in love with her new roommate. In Spanish without English subtitles. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection) 95 min. Video/C vhs 999:3888
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Bolivia. (Argentina, 2001)
Directed by Israel Adrian Caetano. Cast: Freddy Waldo Flores, Rosa Sanchez, Oscar "Oso" Bertea, Marcelo Videla, Hector Anglada, Alberto Mercado. A man must work as an illegal alien in Argentina in order to support his family in Bolivia. The film paints a portrait of struggle in the modern economy of Argentina and the mistreatment of illegal workers. 71 min. DVD 6814
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El bonaerense (Argentina, 2002)
Directed by Pablo Trapero. Cast: Jorge Román, Dario Levy, Mimí Ardú, Hugo Aganuzzi, Victor Hugo Carrizo, Graciana Chironi. Zapa is a 32-year-old locksmith in a small village who's sent by his boss to assist in a robbery by cracking a safe. The next day the boss has left town, leaving Zapa to take the blame. He gets arrested, but an uncle who used to be the police chief gets him out of jail and arranges for him to move to Buenos Aires and join the city's police force, the notorious Bonaerense. In his new life as a cop, he finds himself drawn into a world of corruption and brutality. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 99 min. DVD 6898; vhs 999:3912
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Boquitas pintadas (Painted Lips) (Argentina, 1974)
Directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson. Lies, double personalities, and the evil pettiness of life in a small town are revealed in this adaptation of the novel by Manuel Puig. Nene, a married woman with two children, receives news that her childhood sweetheart, Juan Carlos, has died. Gradually she pieces together a complex mosaic of his life revealing the portrait of a man driven by fear into a life of self-deception. Adapted from a novel by Manuel Puig. 120 min. vhs 999:3374
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Un Buda (A Buddha) (Argentina, 2005)
Directed by Diego Rafecas. Cast: Agustín Markert, Carolina Fal, Julieta Cardinali, Diego Rafecas, Tina Serrano. Affected by the disappearance of his father by the military during Argentina's Dirty War, a young man struggles to find himself spiritually in the immensity and violence of the big city. He journeys to a mountain Zen Buddhist retreat while his family and friends try to understand him. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 108 min. vhs 999:3910
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Buenos Aires 100 Kilómetros (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Pablo José Meza. Cast: Ignacio Pérez Roca, Emiliano Fernandez, Alan Ardel, Hernan Wainstein, Juan Pablo Bazzini. In a town 100 kilometers from Buenos Aires, five friends approaching thirteen years begin to understand that life is not simply about riding bikes, winning football matchs, or enjoying the summer as is their custom. The boys all yearn to grow older faster, dreaming about better places. However realising that this may be their last summer together, the consequences of adolescence and growing older come flooding in. 95 min. DVD 6892
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Buenos Aires viceversa (Argentina / Netherlands, 1996)
Directed by Alejandro Agresti. Cast: Mario Paolucci, Raul Cardenas, Axel Pauls. In Argentina, an entire generation has been ripped out of history, orphaned by the systemic destruction and "disappearance" of their families and friends during the military dictatorship. Allejandro Agresti dramatizes how disconnected and disoriented they have become in this film of more than 20 characters. He follows several through small adventures that connect them in the larger story of social disintegration of an entire system. 95 min. DVD 6900
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Caballos salvajes (Wild horses) (Argentina, 1995)
Directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. Cast: Hector Alterio, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Cecilia Dopazo. When an elderly pensioner named José resorts to bank robbery to recover his $15,000 nest egg, a young employee named Pedro gives him $500,000 and volunteers to be his hostage. The unlikely duo escape and hit the road to Patagonia. During their flight from justice, José and Pedro send videotaped messages to the press detailing the money's illegal origins and their own good intentions. Ordinary citizens soon come to their aid, driving José and Pedro further into the limelight. 122 min. Video/C vhs 999:2009
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Cama Adentro (Live-In Maid) (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Jorge Gaggero. Cast: Norma Aleandro, Norma Argentina, Susana Lanteri, Cláudia Lapaco, Marcos Mundstock. A wealthy woman and her live-in housekeeper must adjust their entrenched routines and relationship when Buenos Aires is plunged into an economic crisis. 83 min. DVD 6877
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Camila. (Argentina, 1984)
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg. Recounts the true story of a young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires, Camila O'Gorman, who falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit priest, Ladislao Gutierrez, in 1847. Eventually they are found and executed by the repressive government. 105 min. DVD 1552; vhs 999:244
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La cáscara (Argentina | Spain | Uruguay, 2007).
Directed by Carlos Ameglio. Cast: Juan Manuel Alari, Soledad Gilmet, Horacio Marassi, Walter Reyno... [et. al.]. An advertising creative dies unexpectedly while working on an idea for the launch of an anti-cold pill. From then on Pedro, one of his old colleagues, begins an intricate search in order to discover the departed's idea, taking over his place and making use of his original notes and thoughts. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 105 min. DVD X3677
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Cautiva (Captive) (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Gastón Biraben. Cast: Bárbara Lombardo, Mercedes Funes, Susana Campos, Hugo Arana, Osvaldo Santoro, Silvia Baylé, Roxana Berco, Lidia Catalano. Cristina Quadri's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the '70s. Questioning everything she once thought true, Cristina embarks on a journey to find her true identity. Meeting others like herself, the young girl soon discovers the real-life horrors of Argentina's relatively recent past and the nightmare that claimed tens of thousands of lives during the country's 'Dirty War'. 109 min. DVD X7169
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Cenizas del paraíso (Argentina, 1997)
Directed by Marcelo Piñeyro Cast: Hector Alterio, Cecilia Roth, Leonardo Sbaraglia. A judge falls from the roof of the Federal Courthouse and a woman is murdered. Between them and the three sons of the judge there is a connection that will be investigated by a woman judge who is determined to discover the truth. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 123 min. vhs 999:3902
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El Che (Argentina, 1997)
Director, Anibal Di Salvo. Cast: Miguel Ruiz Diaz, Hugo Arana, Ulises Dumont, Alejo Garcia Pintos. This film tells the life of El Che, from the beginning of his military career and his government role in Cuba, until he realized he had to follow his revolutionary ideals. In Spanish without English subtitles. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. vhs 999:3936

Chicha tu madre (Argentina | Peru, 2006)
Directed by Gianfranco Quattrini. Cast: Jesús Aranda, Tula Rodriguez, Pablo Brichta, Jean Pierre Reguerraz, Tatiana Espinoza, Gilberto Torres, Jorge Rodriguez Paz, Maricarmen Valencia, Nidia Bermejo. Julio Cesar is a passionate believer of the Tarot and centers the most important decisions of his life in these readings. When his only teenage daughter becomes pregnant, Julio Cesar feels it is time to change his destiny. Guided by is infallible Tarot he meets a prostitute and a nurse who will be decisive in the path he chooses. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. DVD X4053
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La Ciénaga (2001)
Directed by Lucrecia Martel. Cast: Mercedes Moran, Graciela Borges, Martin Adjemian, Silvia Bayle, Juan Cruz Bordeu, Daniel Valenzuela, Sofia Bertolotto, Andrea Lopez, Leonora Balcarce. Mecha, her husband Gregorio and their friends are spending another stifling day drinking and loungingaround the filthy swimming pool of their crumbling summer estate when Mecha stumbles and is badly cut on her broken wine glass. On hearing the news, her less affluent cousin Tali marshals her own large family for a visit. The long, hot summer and crowded situation strain everyone's nerves and repressed family conflicts surface. An atmosphere of oppressive humidity and constant foreboding fill this commentary on the decadence, malaise and racism of Argentina's decaying elite. In Spanish with optional French subtitles. 102 min. DVD 2135
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Guest, Haden. "Lucrecia Martel." Bomb, Winter2009, Issue 106, p30-37, 8p UC users only
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Ciudad en celo (City in Heat) (Argentina, 2006)
Directed by Hernán Gaffet. Cast: Daniel Kuzniecka, Adrián Navarro, Dolores Solá, Nuria Gago, Claudio Rissi, Julia Calvo. The complicated love lives of a circle of old friends approaching middle-age intersect and entangle at a Buenos Aires café, when the sudden suicide of a friend pulls the group back together in this warm and breezy evocation of a city where love is in the air and around every corner. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 104 min. DVD X4050
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Cómplices(Argentina, 1998)
Directed by Néstor Montalbano. Cast: Oscar Martínez, Jorge Marrale, Leticia Brédice, José Luis Alfonzo, Jorge Rivera López, Dora Baret, Hector Alterio. At the request of his mother, Julio Romero, an Argentine living in Boston, returns to his country for a few days after years of absence. He must tend to the sale of an old family property in the coastal area of Olivares, where he spent his childhood. But the ghosts of the past still haunt him: from the authoritarianism of a ferocious uncle to his dangerous and affectionate friendship with El Polaco, a thug who runs a brothel. Twenty years despues, Julio and El Polaco maintain their bond, although the appearance of an alluring woman on the scene complicates matters. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection) In Spanish without English subtitles. 102 min. Video/C vhs 999:3887
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Crónica de un Niño Solo (Chronicle of a Lone Boy)(Argentina, 1965)
Directed by Leoneacute;rdo Favio. Cast: Leonardo Favio, Tino Pascali, Beto Gianola, Diego Puente, Oscar Espindola. Banned by the Argentinian government for nearly thirty years, this film is a searing indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens--its children. Focusing on the bleak life of Polin, a boy abandoned by his family and sent to live in a state run orphanage, it is also a moving portrait of the human spirit imprisoned by the chains of well intentioned fools. 86 min. DVD 6876; vhs 999:1656

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Oubina, David. De como el cine de Leonardo Favio conto el dolor y el amor de su gente, emociono al carinoso publico, trazo nuevos rumbos para entender la imagen y otras reflexiones Buenos Aires : Nuevo Extremo, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.3.F38 O93 1993)
Oubina, David. "Pop rebel: Argentina's flamboyant movie maverick finds the poetic within the populist." Film Comment Sept-Oct 2001 v37 i5 p38(3)

La Cruz Invertida (The Shattered Cross). (Argentina, 1985)
Directed by Mario David. Cast: Oscar Martinez, Ana Maria Picchio, Arturo Maly. Three young people in Latin America strive to better their lives and the lives of others. One man brings them together in their battle against injustice and despair: Carlos Samuel Torres, a young priest, who is determined to face Army and Church to defend his ideals. Based on: La Cruz Invertida / Marcos Aguinis ( PQ7798.1.G814 C71 1970 UCB Main Stack). vhs 999:1413
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Cuarteles de Invierno (Winter Retreat) (Argentina, 1982)
Directed by Lautaro Murua. A tango singer who has come to an Argentine village for a temporary engagement refuses to take a position against the military repression he finds there, but suffers the consequences of the repression nonetheless. Based on: Cuarteles de Invierno / Osvaldo Soriano (PQ7798.29.O58 C813 1989 UCB Main Stack) 116 min. vhs 999:1407
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Cuesta Abaja. (Argentina, 1934)
Directed by Louis Gasnier. Cast: Carlos Gardel. A student runs away to Europe with a woman. It doesn't take him long to discover that she frequently deceives him and spends his money carelessly. Even then, he can't seem to leave her, something stronger than love seems to keep them together. 74 min. DVD X5429; vhs 999:1410 (vhs is in Spanish without subtitles)

De Eso No Se Habla (I Don't Want to Talk About It) (Argentina/Italy, 1993)
Directed by Maria-Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Luisina Brando, Betiana Blum, Roberto Carnaghi, Alberto Segado, Jorge Luz, Monica Villa, Juan Manuel Tenuta, Tina Serrano, Jorge Ochoa, Fito Paez, Alejandra Podesta. A sophisticated world traveller (Mastroianni) retires to a small town and is drawn to a much younger woman (Podesta). The smartest, most talented woman in town, she is in many ways a perfect match for him. But, because she is a dwarf, she has been sheltered by her overprotective mother from the realities of life. 102 min. vhs 999:1382
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Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) (Argentina / USA / Chile / Peru / Brazil / UK / Germany / France, 2004)
Director, Walter Salles. Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mia Maestro, Rodrigo de la Serna. Filmed adaptation of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's journals of a road trip across South America. As a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old medical student in 1952, he traveled across the South American continent on a motorcyle with his friend Alberto Granado who co-wrote the source material. As they embark on their journey, both young men come of age and find their individual world views broadened farther than they ever expected. 127 min. DVD 3536
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Cannes Film Festival - François Chalais Award; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film

Guevara, Ernesto. The motorcycle diaries : a journey around South America / Ernesto Che Guevara ; translated by Ann Wright London ; New York : Verso, 1996. (Moffitt F2224 .G7813 1996)

Doli vuelve a casa (Argentina, 1986)
Directed by Martín Rejtman. Cast: Martin Reyna, Rosario Blefari, Marcelo Magnasco, Maria Elena Otazu. Hernan leaves his home in search of Doli. In the end she agrees to return with him. 30 min. DVD 6905
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Don Segundo Sombra. (Argentina, 1969)
Directed by Manuel Antin. Don Segundo Sombra narrates the story of Fabio Caceres as he grows into adulthood. Don Segundo Sombra, an old "gaucho", is his mentor and model; he teaches him moral and human values through his behavior, stories, and example. vhs 999:1386
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La Guerra del Cerdo (Diary of the War of Pigs). (Argentina, 1975)
Directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson. Cast: Jose Slavin, Marta Gonzalez, Victor Laplace, Edgardo Suarez. An Argentine motion picture in which the generation gap is taken to the extreme by a group of young people who decide to exterminate all senior citizens. 90 min. vhs 999:1415
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Eva Peron. (Argentina, 1996)
Directed by Juan Carlos Desanzo. An Argentinian version of the "true" Eva Peron saga which examines the life of Eva Peron, an obscure actress, who rose to become wife of Argentine strong-man President Juan Peron and one of the most powerful figures in Argentina until her death in 1952 at age 33. 114 min. vhs 999:2249
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Facundo: la sombra del tigre (Facundo, the Tiger's Shadow) (Argentina, 1995)
Directed by Nicolas Sarquis. Cast: Lito Cruz (Facundo Quiroga), Victor Manso, Dora Baret, Claudio Garcia Satur, Andrea Politti, Martin Adjemian, Cristina Fernandez, Oscar Ferrigno Jr., Juan Carlos Puppo, Hector Malamud, Norma Aleandro, Ricardo Alanis (Quiroga's bodyguard), Maria Bufano. General Juan Facundo Quiroga, known as the "Tiger of the Plains," travels north to resolve the conflict between the provinces of Salta and Tucuman. Portrayed as a tragic figure rather than a wicked gaucho, he recalls his political and military past as he struggles with illness. Set in the violent, turbulent years following Argentina's independence from Spain, the film begins with Facundo's assassination in 1835 and dramatizes the events leading up to the murder, and the historical backdrop of the struggle between the Unitarios (those favoring a strong central government) and the Federales (those fighting for more regional autonomy). 177 min. vhs 999:3790 (PAL)
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Familia Rodante (Rolling Family). (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Pablo Trapero. Cast: Marianela Pedano, Carlos Resta, Raul Viñales. When Emilia, an Argentinian grandmother, is invited to be the matron of honor at the wedding of a distant niece, she invites her whole family to accompany her in a 1956 Chevy Viking camper on a cross-country journey to the border of Argentina. 103 min. DVD 6883
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Funny Dirty Little War (No Habrá Más Penas Ni Olvido). (Argentina, 1983)
Directed by Hector Olivera. A civil war erupts in a quiet rural Argentine village when a local Peronist politician claims a municipal clerk is a communist. This savage comedy lampoons political zealots of all kinds, while exposing the roots of the real terrorism that Argentina suffered under the military junta. At first the petty squabblings make for satirical slapstick, until the machismo escalates into increasingly violent retaliations. Based on: No Habra Mas Penas ni Olvido / Osvaldo Soriano. vhs 999:1412
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Garage Olimpo (Argentina, 1999)
Directed by Marco Bechis. Cast: Antonella Costa, Carlos Echevarria, Enrique Piñeyro, Pablo Razuk, Dominique Sanda. A feature film set in 1970s Argentina during the time of mass disappearances among the population. Maria is a middle-class teacher living in a deteriorating mansion with her Italian mother. They've rented out rooms for extra money and one of the tenants is Felix, a secret officer assigned to watch her. One day Maria is kidnapped and taken to Garage Olimpo, one of the many undercover detention places at the time, where she is brutally interrogated. Her only hope is through Felix who is in love with her and is willing to do anything to win her approval, even if it means lying. 96 min. DVD 6891
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Gatica, "el Mono" (The Magic Gloves) (Argentina, 1993)
Directed by Leonardo Favio. Cast: Edgardo Nieva, Horacio Taicher, Virginia Innocenti, Eva Gatica. A dramatization of the life of Argentinian world boxing champion José Maria Gatica from his rise to his tragic death. José Maria Gatica was born in extreme poverty in the capital of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He learned to fight in the streets and was discovered by Nicolas Preziosa who turned Gatica into "El Mono" and made him the nations greatest boxing idol of the mid 1940s & early 1950s. Noted for his "hurricane" style of punching, Gatica racked up an impressive knockout streak and became the toast of the country. Eventually he faded from the scene after having scored a remarkable 72 knockout victories. He ended up broke, selling nic-nacs in the street and died at age 38. 138 min. DVD 6910
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Gigantes de Valdés (Giants of Valdés)(2008)
Director, Alex Tossenberger. Cast: Federico D'Elia, Alfredo Casero, Miguel Dedovich, Isabel Macedo, Mirta Wons, Jorge Sesan, Georgina Barbarossa. Thomas, a representative of an international company that shows no responsibility for natural resources, is sent to the Valdez Peninsula with the mission to gain the acceptance from the people of this region and to establish the installation of a huge tourism business to the detriment of the natural resources and the regional economy. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 100 min. DVD X4036
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Los Guantes Mágicos (The Magic Gloves) (Argentina / France / Germany / Netherlands, 2004)
Directed by Martín Rejtman. Cast: Gabriel Fernandez Capello, Valeria Bertucelli, Fabian Arenillas, Cecilia Biagni, Susana Pampin, Diego Oliveira, Leonardo Azamor. Tells the story of a 35-year-old driver-for-hire in Buenos Aires who, looking for a new life after breaking up with his girlfriend, invests in a business of importing one-size-fits-all gloves. When things don't work out he loses his beloved Renault 12 and is forced to take a low-paying job as a long-distance bus driver. 90 min. DVD 6907
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Historias mínimas (Intimate Stories) (Argentina | Spain, 2002 )
Directed by Carlos Sorin. Cast: Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedictis, Javiera Bravo, Julia Solomonoff, Laura Vagnoni, Enrique Otranto. In this road movie nothing will stop three neighbors from reaching San Julian, where they have been promised either fame, love, or redemption. Although they encounter detours along the way, they ultimately get what they wanted, but it will come in unexpected ways. 94 min. DVD 6893
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La Historia Oficial (The Official Story) (Argentina, 1985)
Directed by Luis Puenzo. Cast: Cast: Norma Aleandro, Hector Alterio, Analia Castro, Chunchuna Villafane. The wife of a businessman in Argentina finds herself face to face with terror as she begins to discover that her own daughter, adopted at birth, may have been stolen. 118 min. DVD 262; vhs 999:587
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress (Norma Aleandro); Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Norma Aleandro)

Szuchman, Mark D. "Depicting the Past in Argentine Films: Family Drama and Historical Debate in Miss Mary and The Official Story." In: Based on a true story : Latin American history at the movies / edited by Donald F. Stevens. Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.L37 B37 1997)

Historias Minimas (Minimal Stories) (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Carlos Sorin. Cast: Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedictis, Javiera Bravo, Julia Solomonoff, Laura Vagnoni, Enrique Otranto. In this road movie nothing will stop three neighbors from reaching San Julian, where they have been promised either fame, love, or redemption. Although they encounter detours along the way, they ultimately get what they wanted, but it will come in unexpected ways. 94 min. DVD 6893
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Hombre Mirando al Sudeste (Man Facing Southeast) (Argentina, 1986)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. A man named Rantes appears in a Buenos Aires psychiatric hospital. He claims to be an alien vistor and becomes a source of hope to the other patients. 105 min. Video/ vhs 999:237
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Hoy y mañana (Today and Tomorrow) (Argentina, 2003)
Directed by Alejandro Chomski. Cast: Antonella Costa, Manuel Navarro, Romina Ricci, Ricardo Merkin, Abian Vainstein, Sergio Alvarez. The seemingly unavoidable downward spiral of Argentina's middle class during the current economic and social crisis is vividly brought to life in the character of young, street-smart Paula. A talented, would-be actress with a paying job as a waitress, she is always on the run: from her landlord, from the gas bill, from being late for work, and from her father's demands. 83 min. DVD 6879
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India Pravile (Argentina, 2003)
Directed by Mario Sabato. Cast: Lito Cruz, Carlos Moreno, Carola Reyna, Graciela Pal, Diego Capusotto, Nicolas López Padin. Enrique is a film director who hasn't worked in cinema for many years and has been forgotten. He decides that suicide may be the best way out of his problems but suicide proves to be not as easy as it appears. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 107 min. vhs 999:3929
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El juego de Arcibel (Arcibel's Game)(Argentina, 2003)
Directed by Alberto Lecchi. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Diego Torres, Juan Echanove, Juan Diego, Vladimir Cruz, Alejandro Trejo, Rebeca Cobos, Vando Villamil. In an imaginary country in Latin America that lives under the dictatorship of General Abalorio, Arcibel Alegra?, a journalist that writes about chess, is mistakenly incarcerated as a political prisioner. When his fellow inmate Pablo prove to be too slow to learn how to play chess, Arcibel invents a new war game about guerillas that Pablo picks up quickly, with wide-ranging repurcussions. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 110 min. vhs 999:3909
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El lado oscuro del corazón (The Dark Side of the Heart) (Argentina / Canada, 1992)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Sandra Ballesteros, Nacha Guevara, Andre Melancon. Oliverio is a narcissistic young poet in search of the perfect woman, claiming he will not "tolerate a woman who cannot fly." He meets a prostitute who can fly but prefers to keep their relationship a business arrangement. 125 min. DVD 9840
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El lado oscuro del corazón 2 (The Dark Side of the Heart)(Argentina / Spain, 2001)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Ariadna Gil, Sandra Ballesteros, Nacha Guevara, Manuel Bandara, Pepe Novoa, Carolina Peleritti. Ten years after we last saw him, poet Oliverio is still looking for the love of his life, a woman who can literally fly. When his current girlfriend Miranda asks for a committment, he heads off in search of his old lover, prostitute Ana. When he finds her, he's disappointed to see how settled her life has become. Determined to discover a new love, Oliverio spots a picture of beautiful acrobat Alejandra on a circus poster. Travelling to Sitges to catch up with her, Oliverio finds he must prove his love for her by walking a tightrope, without a net. 112 min. DVD X3095
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Lo Que Vendrá (Times to Come) (Argentina, 1988)
Directed by Gustavo Mosquera. Cast: Hugo Soto, Juan Leyrado, Charly Garcia, Rosario Blefari, Aldo Braga. In a futuristic city designed for aggression and political instability three characters try desperately to survive: a wounded man shot during a demonstration, an antagonistic policeman, and a foolish vigilante. 98 min. vhs 999:1408
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Moss, Nathaniel "Ribbon of cinema: Moebius." (director Gustavo Mosquera) Film Comment Nov-Dec 1997 v33 n6 p79(2)

Un Lugar en el Mundo (Argentina,1991)
Directed by Adolfo Aristarain. A Drama set against the backdrop of a ranching valley in Argentina, which chronicles a confrontation between traditional values and the incursions of progress. In Spanish without titles. PAL format. 120 min. vhs 999:1802

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Mala carne (Carnal) (Argentina, 2003)
Producer/director, Fabián Forte. Cast: Federico Bezenzette, Guido Krolovetski, Mara Said, Alexia Zampano. Two young men meet a couple of ladies and think they are in for a night of drinking and fun. Instead they descend into a nightmare of vampires, torture and harvesting of body parts. 114 min. DVD X2749
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Martin Fierro (Argentina, 1968)
Director, Leopoldo Torre Nilsson. Set in the Argentine interior, this film tells the story of a man who abandons his family to fight the Indians. Yet he fails his test of courage, becomes a deserter, kills a man in self-defense, and retreats to live in an Indian villiage with his best friend, Cruz. 134 min. vhs 999:3371
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Miss Mary (Argentina / USA, 1986)
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Julie Christie, Nacha Guevara, Tato Pavlovsky, Gerardo Romano. Set in Bueno Aires, this is the story of a cultured English governess whose display of compassion disrupts the tradition-bound existence of the wealthy household in which she works. 100 min. vhs 999:250
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Los Muertos (Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Lisandro Alonso. A 54 year-old man is released from prison in Corrientes, Argentina and decides to canoe through the jungle to find his grown daughter. The journey becomes a primordial adventure, filled with solitude and silence as he crosses great distances in a small boat on the rivers, scoring deep into the jungle. 94 min. DVD 6886
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La mujer sin cabeza (The Headless Woman) (Argentina | France | Italy | Spain, 2008)
Directed by Lucrecia Martel. Cast: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, César Bordón, Daniel Genoud, Guillermo Arengo, Inés Efron. A bourgeois woman is driving alone on a dirt road when she becomes distracted and runs over something. In the days following this jarring incident, she becomes obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone. The police confirm that there were no accidents reported in the area and everything returns to normal. That is until a gruesome discovery is made. 87 min. DVD X4556
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Mundo grúa (Argentina, 1999)
Directed by Pablo Trapero. Cast: Luis Margani, Adriana Aizenberg, Daniel Valenzuela, Roly Serrano, Federico Esquerro, Graciana Chironi, Alfonso Rementeria. The film paints a blunt view of the realities of Argentine working-class life. Rulo is a divorced, unemployed 50 year-old day laborer in Buenos Aires who is desperate for whatever work he can scrounge up. The sole supporter of his elderly mother and son, an aspiring rock musician, Rulo takes a job operating an excavating machine in distant Patagonia. 94 min. DVD 6886
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My Best Enemy, Patagonia 1978 (Mi mejor enemigo: Patagonia, 1978) (Argentina | Chile | Spain, 2005)
Directed by Alex Bowen. Cast: Nicolás Saavedra, Erto Pantoja, Miguel Dedovich, Jorge Roman, Felipe Braun, Fernanda Urrejola. Friendship develops between enemies when a Chilean army patrol lost within the Argentine border comes upon an Argentine army patrol in the same predicament. 107 min. DVD X6082
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La niña santa (The Holy Girl) (Argentina | Italy | Netherlands | Spain, 2004)
Directed by Lucrecia Martel. Cast: María Alche, Julieta Zylberberg, Mercedes Morán. Poignantly captures the lives of two teenager girls, Amalia, daughter to the owner of the hotel, and the girl's best friend Josefina, as they adjust to their growing sexuality and religious passion. 104 min. DVD X5834
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No Habrá Más Penas Ni Olvido (Funny Dirty Little War). (Argentina, 1983)
Directed by Hector Olivera. A civil war erupts in a quiet rural Argentine village when a local Peronist politician claims a municipal clerk is a communist. This savage comedy lampoons political zealots of all kinds, while exposing the roots of the real terrorism that Argentina suffered under the military junta. At first the petty squabblings make for satirical slapstick, until the machismo escalates into increasingly violent retaliations. Based on: No Habra Mas Penas ni Olvido / Osvaldo Soriano. vhs 999:1412
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No mires para abajo (Don't Look Down)(Argentina | France, 1995)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Antonella Costa, Leandro Stivelman, Hugo Arana, Mónica Galán, Octavio Borro 19 year-old Elroy's father has just died, causing him to experience deep dreams. One night, while sleepwalking, he falls through the roof of the home of Elvira. She is a beautiful woman who teaches him the tantric and therapeutic powers of the Kama Sutra, of which she is an expert. 85 min. DVD X2908
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No te mueras sin decirme adónde vas (Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going)(Argentina, 1995)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Mariana Arias, Oscar Martinez. Leopoldo, a lonely film projectionist has invented a machine to record his dreams. Through a series of odd events, he discovers that he is the reincarnation of one of the inventors of cinema, and that a woman he sees in his dreams is his eternal companion on a trip through the centuries. 130 min. DVD X2905
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Nobleza gaucha(1915)
Directed by by Humberto Cairo, Enrique Ernesto Gunche and Eduardo Martínez de la Pera. Cast: Orfilia Rico, Celestino Petray, María Padín, Arturo Mario. A poor gaucho (wrangler) from the countryside named Juan falls in love with a local girl, Maria, after saving her from a crazed horse. Don Jose Gran, the rich businessman from Buenos Aires that had hired Juan to find him a horse, abducts Maria and takes her back to the city with him. The gaucho must brave the streets of Buenos Aires to win her back. A silent film originally released in 1915. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 51 min. DVD X3679
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Nueve reinas (Argentina, 2000)
Directed by Fabián Bielinsky. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, Tomás Fonzi. A psychological thriller about two small-time con-men who team up to pull off a big-time score involving a set of valuable counterfeit stamps known as The Nine Queens. When the rules change suddenly, the two crooks end up pitted against one another. 115 min. DVD X1127
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Otávio e as letras(2007)
Directed by Marcelo Masagão. Cast: Donizeti Mazonas, Arieta Corrêa, Fábio Malavoglia. Otávio is a lonely man who lives in Sao Paulo. He has many quirks, and one is to leave "packages" in public places that contain notes and poems made from the letters of newspapers, magazines, and advertisements. At the same time, the film follows a young photographer who watches his neighbors from a distance through his camera. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 84 min. DVD X4032

Un oso rojo (Red Bear) (Argentina, 2002)
Directed by Israel Adrian Caetano. Cast: Julio Chavez, Soledad Villamil, Luis Machin, Enrique Liporace, Daniel Valenzuela, Freddy Flores, Agostina Lage, Rene Lavand. After seven years in prison for murder and armed robbery, "Oso" is released on parole and returns to his hometown, a depressed suburb of Buenos Aires. He knows that his wife Natalia has moved on and is living with another man, but he's determined to establish a relationship with his young daughter Alicia and to collect the money owed to him by a local crime boss. 120 min. vhs 999:3374
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Our America (Unser America)
Filmmaker Kristina Konrad returns to Nicaragua to interview participants of the Nicaraguan revolution of 1979 and to asses how the country has fared since that time. There was a hope that the small country would be able to triumph over poverty and discrimination within a system of political plurality, a mixed economic system, and remain independent of world political blocks: the hope that David really could beat Goliath. The film returns to the past and attempts to cautiously sense a path forwards in a new unknown situation: memories and observations of the current state of affairs. In the middle point are women who had taken up arms years ago, and how they now struggle to survive today. What remains from the dream for independence and justice? A film by Kristina Konrad. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 84 min. DVD X3672

La Patagonia Rebelde (The Patagonian Rebel) (Rebellion in Patagonia ) (Argentina, 1974)
Directed by Hector Olivera. Cast: Luis Brandoni, Federico Luppi, Pepe Soriano, Hector Alterio. Based on: Los vengadores de la Patagonia tragica, by Osvaldo Bayer. The film is based on actual historical events involving the brutal military suppression of a series of strikes by rural workers in the southernmost province of Argentina in the early 1920's. Based on: Los vengadores de la Patagonia trágica by Osvaldo Bayer. 105 min. DVD X5655; vhs 999:1744
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El patio (The Patio)(Argentina, 2004)
Directed by Milagros Mumenthaler. Cast: Augustina Merediz, Ailin Marmorato. Two teenage sisters fritter away a morning in the courtyard of their house spending the day waiting for a phone call. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 16 min. Video/C vhs 999:3903

Patoruzito(2004)
Directed by José Luis Massa. An animated adventure tale about a young boy and his family who live in the Patagonian outback. The boy has to fight to claim the title of "cacique" (chief) of his tribe in Patagonia. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 73 min. DVD X4153
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La perrera (The Dog Pound) (Argentina / Canada / Uruguay / Spain, 2006)
Directed by Manolo Nieto. Cast: Pablo Riera, Martin Adjemian, Sergio Gorfain, Sofia Dabarca, Adriana Barboza. David, has just failed his university examinations and has one year to re-write them. Ruben, his father, a pragmatic and successful businessman, has been paying for David's education, the pursuit of which he considers a waste of time. Ruben wants David to work and make himself useful and he strikes a deal with him: David can stay and study for his exams at Ruben's house in La Perrera, a coastal resort town, while he builds a house for himself. And so, a year-long adventure starts for David, an urban intellectual, in the isolated La Perrera and among its off-season residents who include nearly as many dogs as men, where the only women are either pregnant or prostitutes, and where no one wants to work and things are done out of friendship more than anything else. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 109 min. DVD X2125
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El perro una historia de instintos y amistandes (Argentina / Spain, 2004)
Directed by Carlos Sorin. Cast: Micol Estevez, Mariela Diaz, Kita Ca, Pascual Condito, Claudina Fazzini, Carlos Rossi. While looking for garage work, Juan travels Patagonia trying to make a living selling hand-made knives. After helping a stranded motorist he is given a giant white purebred dog named Bombon. This leads to an introduction to a dog trainer named Walter, who trains both dog and owner for the dog show circuit. When Bombon wins one of the dog shows, Juan and Walter think they now have it made. 97 min. DVD 6904
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Picado fino (Fine Powder (Argentina, 1996)
Director, Esteban Sapir. Cast: Facundo Luengo, Belén Blanco, Marcela Guerty, Miguel Angel Sola. Tomas Caminos, an 18 year old Jewish boy, lives with his family in the industrial neighborhood of Villa Lynch. His girl friend, Ana Sideral, who plays the violin, is pregnant with Tomas's child. When a fickle young woman by the name of Alma Martinez shows up and Tomas is smitten; Ana is forgotten. Tomas's dreams require money and Alma introduces him to Sr. Merkin, a drug trafficker, who offers a chance to make a great deal of money in a short amount of time. The excess blinds Tomas to reality and involves him in a dream without an exit. 80 min. DVD X5814
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Pizza, Birra, Faso (Pizza, Beer, and Cigarettes) (Argentina, 1998)
Directed by Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro. Cast: Hector Anglada, Jorge Sesan, Pamela Jordan, Alejandro Pous, Walter Diaz, Adrian Yospe. El Cordobes lives with three friends and his pregnant girfriend, Sandra. They roam the streets of Buenos Aires stealing for a living but always having to hand over the majority of the booty to a higher up. Their philosophy in life seems to be that as long as they have enough for pizza, beer, and cigarettes, life is bearable. But reality may prove them wrong. 78 min. DVD 6890
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Por sus propios ojos (Proper Eyes)(Argentina | France, 2007)
Directed by Liliana Paolinelli. Cast: Ana Carabajal, Luisa Nuñez, Maximiliano Gallo, Mara Santucho. A film student writing her thesis on women prisoners meets a woman who, in return for an interview, wants to visit her son in prison. After arranging the meeting, they both enter the prison with unexpected consequences. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 78 min. DVD X7361
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Pubis Angelical (Argentina, 1982)
Directed by Raul de la Torre. While in her hospital bed, a woman reflects on her life and the roles men have played in her life, against a backdrop of Argentine political events. Based on a novel by Manuel Puig. vhs 999:1405
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Rapado (Argentina / Netherlands, 1992)
Directed by Martín Rejtman. Cast: Ezequiel Cavia, Damian Dreyzik, Mirta Busnelli, Horacio Peña. Rapado: 20-year old Lucio shaves his head in mourning for his stolen motorcycle. He decides to replace it by stealing one himself. Thwarted several times, he finally buys a moped which he guards cautiously. 74 min. DVD 6905
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Ruido (Noise) (Argentina | Spain | Uruguay, 2005)
Director, Marcelo Bertalmío. Cast: Jorge Visca, Jorge Bazzano, Maiana Olazábal, Lucía Carlevari. Basilio is a great guy, a poor devil with a huge heart who nobody really notices. Dominated by his wife, humiliated by his colleagues, despised by the man who walks his dog. Basilio decides to give it all up, but in the middle of his suicide attempt he meets three peculiar characters: a noise pollution officer, a young 12-year old girl and a creative and endearing woman who keeps losing her phone. With these three in tow, he wanders through the city, while the noise around him is growing. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 94 min. DVD X4146
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El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) (Argentina | Spain, 2009)
Directed by Juan José Campanella. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella. Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin, decides to write a novel based on an unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Ben shares his plans with Irene, a judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years. But Benjamin's search for the truth puts him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, and tests the limits of a man who seeks justice and personal fulfillment at last. Based on the novel La pregunta de sus ojos by Eduardo Sacheri. 129 min. DVD X4727
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Señora de Nadie (Nobody's Wife) (Argentina, 1982)
Directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg. Leonor is living the good life in Argentina: a husband, two kids, a comfortable home. But when she discovers her husband is cheating on her, that life collapses. Leonor flees the world she knows, finds a new job and begins to meet new men. From a distance, she cautiously observes her children. 90 min. DVD 2903
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Los Siete locos (Seven Madmen) (1972)
Director, Leopoldo Torre Nilsson. When Erdosain, a young inventor in a precarious economic state, is abandoned by his wife, he becomes involved with a terrorist group whose goal is to take power by force. The leader of the gang with a capricious and arbitrary vision of justice, drags his gang toward a chaotic and apocalyptic end. 120 min. vhs 999:3372
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Silvia Prieto (1999)
Director, Martin Rejtman. Cast: Rosario Blefari, Valeria Bertucelli, Marcelo Zanelli, Gabriel Fernandez Capello, Luis Mancini, Mirta Busnelli, Susana Pampin. Silvia Prieto is a flitty 27 year-old, newly divorced and looking to change her life. When her ex-husband gives her $1200 to help out, she decides to take a vacation. She meets a man at a windy cafe who lends her an Armani jacket. But she runs away when he goes to buy cigarettes. Later, the jacket's owner telephones her in Buenos Aires and tells her that he was able to track her down because there were only two entries for Silvia Prieto in the phone book. Silvia decides to call the other woman and when they eventually meet, she learns that there are more Silvia Prietos in the city. 99 min. DVD 6906
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Sol de Otoño (Autumn Sun) (Argentina, 1996)
Director, Eduardo Mignogna. Cast: Norma Aleandro, Federico Luppi, Jorge Luz, Cecilia Rosetti, Roberto Carnaghi, Gabriela Archer. A love story set in Buenos Aires in which a Jewish woman and her gentile boyfriend conspire to pass him off as a jew in order to avoid conflict with her relatives. 103 min. Video/C vhs 999:1852
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Una sombra ya pronto serás (A Shadow You Soon Will Be) (1994)
Directed by Hector Olivera. Cast: Miguel Angel Sola, Pepe Soriano, Alicia Bruzzo, Luis Brandoni, Diego Torres, Gloria Carra, Eusebio Poncela. A nameless washed-up computer programmer walks off into the endless pampas after the train he is on breaks down in the middle of nowhere. We follow him as he wanders through forgotten towns, deserted hotels, abandoned highways and broken dreams, encountering along the road a succession of equally lost souls, including a globe-trotting gambler, a circus owner whose performers left him "because the whole country was a circus" and a tarot reader with large gaps in her knowledge of the future. Based on the novel by Osvaldo Soriano. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 105 min. vhs 999:3916
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Tango Bar. (Argentina, 1935)
Directed by John Reinhardt. Cast: Carlos Gardel, Rosita Moreno, Tito Lusiardo, Enrique de Rosas, Manuel Pelufo. An honest man is tormented by the discovery that the woman he loves is a professional thief. Moved by his love, she gives up her life of crime to be with him. But he cannot believe in her ever again. DVD X5430; vhs 999:1411 (vhs is in Spanish without subitles)

El Tango en Broadway. (Argentina, 1934)
Directed by Louis Gasnier; Cast: Carlos Gardel. With the money of a millionaire uncle, Alberto Bazan (Carlos Gardel) creates an artists' agency to help his fellow Latin American artists. When the uncle, a penny pinching businessman, comes to New York to see how his money is being spent, Alberto has only two alternatives: change the business, or change the uncle. 82 min. DVD X4601; Video/C vhs 999:1741 (vhs has Spanish dialog with no English subtitles)

Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (El exilio de Gardel: Tangos) (Argentina | France, 1985)
Directed by Fernando E. Solanas. Cast: Marie Laforet, Philippe Léotard, Miguel Angel Solá, Marina Vlady, Georges Wilson. In the sorrow of exile, a group of Argentinians in Paris seek solace and connection to their culture by staging a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star. The film alternates between their vibrant rehearsals and their circumscribed lives in low-rent apartments, trying to make do with what they hope are only temporary arrangements in a foreign land. 121 min. DVD X5237

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Tiempo de revancha (Time for Revenge) (Argentina, 1981)
Directed by Adolfo Aristarain. Cast: Federico Luppi, Haydee Padilla, Julio De Grazia, Ulises Dumont. A demolition worker at a remote copper mine rigs a dynamite accident to blackmail the corrupt company. He pretends to have been struck speechless in a shock from the blast. The ruthless bosses will do anything to break him. 112 min. Video/C vhs 999:246
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Últimas imágenes del naufragio (Last Images of the Shipwreck) (Argentina | Spain, 1989)
Directed by Eliseo Subiela. Cast: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, Noem?i Frenkel, Pablo Brichta. An insurance agent in a midlife crisis is trying to finish a novel. He stops a woman he thinks is about to commit suicide by throwing herself onto subway tracks. They share a meal and he finds out that the suicide act is practiced to find customers. Believing he has found the subject of his novel, he tries to pay for her story, and becomes submerged in her family's life. 127 min. DVD X3543
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Veronico Cruz (La Deuda Interna). (Argentina, 1988)
Directed by Miguel Pereira. The story of an Indian boy, Veronico Cruz, from his birth in one of the most remote regions of Argentina to his death in the South Atlantic during the Falklands/Malvinas war. Based on stories of rural areas by Fortunato Ramos. 106 min. vhs 999:1409
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Viaje en taxi (Argentina, 1997)
Directed by Jorge Sabate. Cast: Gonzola Arguimbau, Pedro Isequilla, Alejandra Radano. In this comic farce a hurried businessman hails a cab only to be delayed by the amorous taxi driver who picks up women. System Details SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 10 min. Video/C vhs 999:3900
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Whisky (Uruguay | Argentina | Germany | Spain, 2004)
Directed by Pablo Stoll, Juan Pablo Rebella. Cast: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani.A lonely owner of a sock factory, Jacobo Koller, asks one of his employees, Marta, to act as his wife while his estranged brother comes to town, to give the impression that his life turned out in a different way than it actually did. 95 min. DVD X3350; DVD 6885 (PAL)
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Wild Horses (Caballos Salvajes) (Argentina, 1995)
Directed by Marcelo Piñeyro. When an elderly pensioner named José resorts to bank robbery to recover his $15,000 nest egg, a young employee named Pedro gives him $500,000 and volunteers to be his hostage. The unlikely duo escape and hit the road to Patagonia. During their flight from justice, José and Pedro send videotaped messages to the press detailing the money's illegal origins and their own good intentions. Ordinary citizens soon come to their aid, driving José and Pedro further into the limelight. 122 min. vhs 999:2009
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Yepeto (Argentina, 1999)
Directed by Eduardo Calcagno. Cast: Ulises Dumont, Malena Figo, Nicolás Cabre, Alejandra Flechner. Yepeto is a 50-something professor and prestigious writer who holds a chair in the literature department of a university. He is passionately, but silently attracted to Cecilia, an 18 year old student, who is also the object of desire of another student, Antonio, a young, very handsome athlete. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 107 min. vhs 999:3928
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Yo, la peor de todas (I, the Worst of All) (Argentina, 1990)
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo. This historical drama tells the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the local Vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. 107 min. DVD 1718; vhs 999:1347
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XXY(Argentina / France / Spain, 2007)
Directed by Lucía Puenzo. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti, Martín Piroyansky, Inés Efron. The dramatic story of a 15-year-old hermaphrodite, born with what the doctors call 'ambiguous genitalia,' whose parents moved from Buenos Aires to an isolated cabin outside of Piriápolis, Uruguay, to protect their child from prejudice. Based on the story "Cinismo" by Sergio Bizzio. Special feature: This month's short film : The Pick-up artist / director, Steffen Weinert (13 min., in German with English subtitles). 91 min. DVD X1015
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Unless otherwise noted, all videos are in Portuguese with English subtitles.
SEE ALSO: Portugese Cinema

Acquaria (Brazil, 2003)
Directed by Flavia Moraes. Cast: D.L. Junior, Sandy Leáh, Igor Rudoff, Daniel Ribeiro, Wind, Alexandre Borges, Julia Lemmertz, Emilio Orciollo Neto, Milton Goncalves. A futuristic portrayal of the Earth as a dry, waterless planet after many years of mankind's poor treatment of the environment. Sarah and Kim fight to survive in the dangerous landscape, and are constantly searching for the most elusive resource on earth: water. System Details Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 103 min. DVD X3793
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Aitaré da praia: super-producção em 8 actos (Brazil, 1925)
Directors: Gentil Roiz, Ary Severo. Cast: Ari Severo, Almeri Steves, Rilda Fernandes, Antônio Campos, Jota Soares, Cláudio José, Mário Freitas Cardoso, Rosa Temporal, Quierós Coutinho, Tito Severo, Luis Marques, Valderes de Souza, Ademar Tavares. Aitaré is in love with Cora, a woman from his village. During a storm on a rafting trip, he saves the rich colonel Philip Rosa and his daughter, who are stranded in this small fishing village until the arrival of a boat that takes them back to the city of Recife. Misunderstandings come between Cora and Aitaré, and it is only five years later that everything will be clarified and that they will be reconciled. Silent film with Portuguese intertitles. 60 min. vhs 999:3935
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Amélia (Brazil, 2000)
Directed by Ana Carolina. Cast: Béatrice Agenin, Mirian Muniz, Camila Amado. A film freely inspired by the trip of Sarah Bernhardt to Rio de Janeiro in 1905. The actress, experiencing a personal and professional crisis at the time, is persuaded by her personal Brazilian maid, Amélia, to give a performance in Rio de Janeiro. After arriving, she is forced to tolerate the company of Amélia's eccentric sisters in this comedy of misunderstandings. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 126 min. vhs 999:3922
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Amor Bandido (Brazil, 1981)
Directed by Bruno Baretto. Cast: Paulo Gracindo, Cristina Ache, Paulo Guarnieri. Romantic melodrama about a baby-faced punk named Toninho, who struggles to make ends meet by murdering cab drivers for their money, and Sandra, the pretty Rio de Janeiro hooker who becomes his mistress. 90 min. vhs 999:1374
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Antônio das mortes (O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro) (France | Brazil | West Germany, 1969)
Directed by Glauber Rocha. Cast: Mauricio do Valle, Odete Lara, Othon Bastos, Hugo Carvana, Jofre Soares Many years ago, Antônio das mortes killed Lampião, the last known Brazilian cangaceiro, a paid killer of rebels and bandits. A rich landowner brings Antônio out of retirement, however, when he discovers a stray cangaceiro still living in the sertão, Antônio pursues the cangaceiro. 90 min. DVD X5833
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Callenbach, Ernest. "Comparative Anatomy of Folk-Myth Films: Robin Hood and Antonio das Mortes." Film Quarterly Vol. 23, No. 2 (Winter, 1969-1970), pp. 42-47 UC users only

At Midnight I'll take Your Soul Away (À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma) (Brazil, 1965)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. This is a classic of South American horror. The evil hero, a grave-digger, haunts a small town in search of the woman who will give him the perfect son to continue his legacy of horror. 100 min. DVD X3114; vhs 999:1416
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

The Awakening of the Beast: Ritual of the Maniacs (O Despertar da Besta: Ritual dos Sadicos) (Brazil, 1968)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Sérgio Hingst, Ozualdo Candeias, Andréa Bryan. A psychiatrist conducts experiments on volunteer drug addicts with LSD, to prove that illegal drug use leads to sexual perversion and other immoral behaviors. A surreal exploitation flick, which seems to start out as a documentary but quickly turns farcical. Banned for more than 20 years by the Brazilian government. 92 min. DVD X3113; vhs 999:1417
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

Bendito fruto (1964)
Directed by Sérgio Goldenberg. Cast: Octávio Augusto, Zezeh Barbosa, Vera Holtz. An accident in Rio de Janeiro involving a flying manhole cover leads to a chance meeting between two childhood friends: a widow and the owner of a beauty parlor. Thus begins an entertaining game of seduction that brings memories and hidden desires to the surface - furtive passions that end up threatening the hairdresser's de facto marriage.Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 89 min. vhs 999:3926
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Black God, White Devil (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol) (1964)
Directed by Glauber Rocha. Cast: Yona Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Mauricio do Valle, Lidio Silva, Sonia Dos Humildes, Geraldo Del Rey. Set in the sertao of Brazil in 1938, the film follows the adventures of an impoverished couple, Manuel and Rosa, who first join a fanatical religious cult and then become revolutionaries with a group of bandits. After both groups are massacred in turn by a single hired killer, Manuel and Rosa are the only ones left to tell the tale - the peasantry that survives its dead revolutions. Extra features (Disc 2): Interviews with the cast, movie trailer, commentary by Ivana Bentes and Ismail Xavier, reviews, Sertão de Glauber, director's log, photogallery, posters, publicity, soundtrack, text, restoration, biographies and filmography, technical facts and a complete bibliography. 95 min. Video DVD 8468; vhs 999:1346
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Neil, James. "Decolonizing the Mind." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p57-57, 1p UC users only
Proppe, Hans; Tarr, Susan. "Pitfalls of cultural nationalism in cinema novo." Jump Cut; June, 1976, Issue 10/11, p 45, 4p
Van Wert, William F. "Ideology in the Third World Cinema: A Study of Sembene Ousmane and Glauber Rocha." Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Spring1979, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p207-226, 20p
Williams, Bruce. "Splintered Perspectives: Counterpoint and Subjectivity in the Modernist Film Narrative." Film Criticism, Winter91, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p2-12, 11p UC users only
Xavier, Ismail. "Black God, White Devil: Allegory and Prophecy." In: Allegories of underdevelopment : aesthetics and politics in modern Brazilian cinema / Ismail Xavier. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (Brazil, 1959)
Directed by Marcel Camus. The classical legend of Orpheus and Eurydice unfolds in an updated version against the riotously colorful background of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In the black section of the city, Orpheus is a street-car conductor and Eurydice a pretty country girl fleeing from a mysterious man sworn to kill her, a man who in the story represents Fate or Death. 103 min. DVD 50; vhs 999:352
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Bye Bye Brazil (Bye Bye Brasil)(Brazil, 1979)
Director, Carlos Diegues. Cast: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Zaira Zambelli, Fabio Junior. Film follows a troupe of carnival-type entertainers in a land caught up in an avalanche of social change. DVD 8329; vhs 999:614
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Backstein, Karen. "I Want to Make Films for Today: An Interview with Carlos Diegues." Cineaste, 2000, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p16, 4p,
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Corseuil, Anelise Reich. "Bye Bye Brazil and the Postmodernist Context." Michigan Academician, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 551-57, 1992 Summer
Johnson, Randal. "Film, Television and Traditional Folk Culture in Bye Bye Brasil." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 18 no. 1. 1984 Summer. pp: 121-132.
Stam, Robert. "Bye Bye Brazil." Cineaste; Winter80/81, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p34-36, 3p
Vieira, João Luiz. "Bye Bye Brasil/Bye Bye Brazil: Carlos Diegues, Brazil, 1979." In: The cinema of Latin America / edited by Alberto Elena & Marina Díaz López. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.L3 C496 2003)

Caixa dois (2003)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Giovanna Antonelli, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Zezé Polessa, Thiago Fragoso, Daniel Dantas, Fúlvio Stefanini. Roberto, the naive middle-class bank manager of Banco Federal, is proud of his twenty-five years of service working in the bank and worships Luiz Fernando, his boss. Roberto and his wife Angelina are paying a bank loan to buy their house and support their only son Henrique in the university. Luiz Fernando invites his secretary Ângela, who is Henrique's girlfriend, to be his figurehead and use her bank account to deposit a dirty check worth 50 million Reais. In return, he would pay seven hundred thousand Reais to her. Ângela accepts the bribe, but Romeiro commits a mistake and deposits the check in Angelina's account. Meanwhile Roberto is fired with 599 other clerks in a downsizing operation and decides to kill his former "friend" Luiz Fernando. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 81 min. DVD X3688
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O Caminho das Nuvens (2003)
Directed by Vicente Amorim. Cast: Cláudia Abreu, Wagner Moura, Ravi Ramos Lacerda. Roméo, illiterate and unemployed, feels destiny drawing him on an odyssey to Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of a job and a decent life. A family of seven journeys 2,000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycles. Along the way, the story explores the inner dynamics of a family facing a great challenge with the courage to pursue dreams. 85 min. DVD 6348
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Carandiru (2003)
Directed by Hector Babenco. Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Milton Goncalves, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Maria Luisa Mendonca, Caio Blat. Set in Sao Paulo's House of Detention. An oncologist arrives at the jail to test patients for HIV infection. Seeing the disease, overcrowding, and rampant circulation of drugs, the doctor comes to realize the internal power structure among the prisoners. Narratives develop, including the attempted murder of Dagger, the solitary confinement of Chico, and the romance between Lady Di and Too Bad. The doctor eventually sees the prisoners as survivors, leading up to the violent conclusion: a reconstruction of the October 2, 1992, prison riot known as the Carandiru Massacre. 145 min. DVD 4086
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Davis, Darien. "Carandiru." American Historical Review, Dec2003, Vol. 108 Issue 5, p1575-1576, 2p UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. "Interview with Hector Babenco." Sight & Sound; May2004, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p20-22, 3p UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. "Protect and survive." Sight & Sound; May2004, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p20-22, 3p UC users only
Wilcken, Patrick. "Carandiru." Index on Censorship, Jan2004, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p203-208, 6p

Cazuza - O Tempo Não Pára (Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Walter Carvalho and Sandra Werneck. Cast: Daniel de Oliveira, Marieta Severo, Reginaldo Farias, Emílio de Mello, Andráa Beltrão, Leandra Leal, André Gonçalves, Cadu Favero. The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids in 1990. The film follows his life through his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 96 min. DVD X3638
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Central Station (Central do Brasil) (1998)
Directed by Walter Salles. Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Marilia Pera, Vinícius de Oliveira. When a young Brazilian boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely retired school-teacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing. Although they initially distrust each other, the two form an uncommon bond as they venture from the bustling city to Brazil's barren and remote northeast region in search of the boy's father. 106 min.DVD 8547; vhs 999:2446
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Elbow, Gary. "Three Recent Brazilian Films: A Review" Journal of Latin American Geography, 2005, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p125-131, 7p UC users only
Gutiérrez-Albilla, Julián Daniel. "The Gender Ethics and Politics of Affection: The 'Feminine' Melodramatic Mode in Walter Salles' Central do Brasil (1998)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Apr2010, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p141-154, 14p
Kaufman, Anthony. "Sentimental journey as national allegory: an interview with Walter Salles." Cineaste Winter 1998 v24 i1 p19(3)
Nagib, Lúcia. "The zero, the centre and the empty utopia - From Rossellini to Walter Salles." Studies in European Cinema; 2006, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p223-233, 11p
Sadlier, Darlene J. "Leaving Home in Three Films by Walter Salles." symploke Volume 15, Numbers 1-2, 2007
Tompkins, Cynthia M. "The Paradoxical Effect of the Documentary in Walter Salles's Central do Brasil." Studies in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 9-27, Winter 2009
Wolf, Sergio. "No Turning Back.": Sight & Sound; Sep2010, Vol. 20 Issue 9, p14-17, 4p UC users only

City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)
Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Daniel Zettel, Seu Jorge. The world's most notorious slum is Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. Presents the true story of a young man who grew up on those streets and whose ambition as a photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out. 130 min. DVD 2778
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Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Comportamento Humano (Brazil, 1995)
Directed by Flavio Leandro de Souza. A short film depicting the lives of homeless children in Rio de Janeiro. Silent film, not subtitled. 15 min. Video vhs 999:1991

O Corpo.
Esta e a principal defesa do farmaceutico e machao Xavier. Ele vive abertamente e em perfeita uniao com duas mulheres; Carmen e Beatriz. O clima e de total harmonia, apesar da bigamia ser reprovada pela sociedade. Ate que um dia, elas descrobrem que a garanhao arrumou uma amante: a prostituta de cabare Monique. In Portuguese w/o subtitles. 80 min. Video vhs 999:1668

Curta os Gauchos.
Contents: Obscenidades / direcao, Roberto Henkin ; com, Imara Reis. -- Passageiros / direcao, Carlos Gerbase, Glenio Povoas ; com, Marcos Carbonele. -- Barbosa / direcao, Jorge Furtado ; com Antonio Fagundes. -- O dia em que dorival encarou a guarda / direcao, Jorge Jurtado, José Pedro Goulart ; com, Joao Acaibe. -- Ilha das flores / direcao, Jorge Furtado. Obscenidades apresenta uma recatada dona de casa que recebe regularmente misteriosas cartas obscenas. E em Passageiros um motorista de taxi, cansado de receber ordens, se recusa o ser assaltado. Em Barbosa, Antonio Fagundes interpreta um homem que tenta interferir na historia, atraves de uma volta no tempo. Ganhador da Copa do Mundo de 1950, nao seia o Brazil um pais vencedor?. O dia em Que Dorival Encarou a Guarda--acontece numa prisao militar, onde um prisioneiro contesta toda a hierarquia social para satisfazer um desejo e exercer um direito: tomar banho. Ilha Das Flores, e uma critica contundente dos valores da sociedade moderna, examinados com fina ironia e com um sarcasmo demolidor. In Portuguese w/o subtitles. Video vhs 999:1670

Depois daquele baile (Brazil, 2004)
Director, Roberto Bomtempo. Cast: Lima Duarte, Marcos Caruso, Irene Ravache, Ingrid Guimarães. Dóris is a widow and keeps a small restaurant in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Two of her customers, the old friends Freitas and Otávio, fall in love with her, and start competing for her affection. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 118 min. DVD X4029
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O diabo a quatro (Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Alice de Andrade. Cast: Marcelo Faria, Maria Flor, Márcio Libar, Netinho Alves. Set in the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro, a tale of youth, prostitution, and drug dealing. Rita is a gorgeous nanny who is determined to break out of her difficult, poverty-stricken life. She is in love with Paulo, a surfer who only cares about drugs and hookers. Rita decides to become a high-class prostitute to attract his attention, but ends up with the love of Tim, her pimp, and Waldick, a poor boy from the country. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 108 min. Video vhs 999:3923
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The Dolphin (Ele, o Boto) (Brazil, 1987)
Directed by Walter Lima. Cast: Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Cassia Kiss and Ney Latorraca. The Dolphin is a tale of power, fantasy and sensuous desire set on the beautiful beaches of Brazil. It's an enchanting story surrounding the seductive legend of a dolphin-man called Boto. 95 min. Video vhs 999:1346
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Dona Flor and her Two Husbands (Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos) (Brazil, 1978)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Sonia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Medonca. Sonia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Medonca. When a passionate young widow marries a respectable but undemonstrative man, the naked ghost of her first husband returns to immerse her in a love triangle. 106 min. Video vhs 999:854
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Grönlund, Enrique; Mills, Moylan C. "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands: A Tale of Sensuality, Sustenance, and Spirits." In: Film and literature : a comparative approach to adaptation / edited by Wendell Aycock and Michael Schoenecke. Lubbock, Tex. : Texas Tech University Press, 1988. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.3 .F5 1988)
Horton, Andrew. "Bakhtin, Carnival Triumph, and Cinema: Bruno Barreto's Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands and Dusan Makavejev's Innocence Unprotected Reconsidered." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, May1990, Vol. 12 Issue 1/2, p49-62, 14p UC users only
Lowe, Elizabeth. "A Character in Spite of Her Author: Dona Flor Liberates Herself from Jorge Amado." In: Jorge Amado : new critical essays / edited by Keith H. Brower, Earl E. Fitz, Enrique Martínez-Vidal. New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ9697.A647 Z465 2001)
Moser, Robert H. "The Carnivalesque Defunto: Death and the Dead in Modern Brazilian Literature." In: Images of the corpse : from the Renaissance to cyberspace / edited by Elizabeth Klaver. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX650.D4 I46 2004)

The End of Man (Finis hominis) (Brazil, 1964)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Teresa Sodré, Roque Rodrigues, Mário Lima, Andréa Bryan. Surrealist film in which a strange man walks naked out of the sea and becomes a modern messiah figure (Finis Hominis), who can perform miracles. An adulterous woman and a betrayed husband, both saved by Finis Hominis help gather followers which include a group of hippies. 79 min. DVD X3112
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
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Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

Felicidade e...
Sonho / direcao, José Pedro Goulart ; com Denis Fraga, Cassiano Ricardo. (20 min.) -- Bolo / direcao, José Roberto Torero ; com Jofre Soares, Vanda Lacerda (12 min.) -- Cruz / direcao, A. S. Cecilio Neto ; com Paulo Autran, Assunta Pérez, Karin Rodrigues (18 min.) -- Estrada / direcao, Jorge Furtado ; com Debora Bloch, Pedro Cardoso (22 min.). Esta e uma historia que poderia se passar em qualquer lugar do mundo, com pessoas que poderiam morar ao lado de sua propria casa, onde nao ha macumbas, carnaval, cangaceiros ou indios. Uma historia que se passa na cidade grande e com pessoas de classe media bem normais. Pessoas e lugares ideais para se procurar e se tentar encontrar...a felicidade. In Portuguese w/o subtitles 82 min. vhs 999:1669

A Filha do Advogado (1926)
Director: J. Soares. Cast: Euclides Jardim, Guiomar Teixeira, Jota Soares, Norberto Texeira, Ferreira Castro, Olíria Salgado, Ferreira Castro, Jasmelina de Olliveira, Severino Steves, Normar, Valderez de Souza, Luís Marques, Sales, Pedro Salgado, Olegário Azevedo. Successful lawyer Dr. Paulo asks a close friend to bring his illegitimate daughter Heloísa to Recife. She suffers a sexual assault at the hands of Paulo's dissolute son Helvécio, who is unaware that she is his sister. Heloísa kills Helvécio in self-defense, and must stand trial for his murder. Silent with Portuguese intertitles. 92 min. vhs 999:3934
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Filhas do vento(Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Joel Zito Araújo. Cast: Milton Gonçalves, Ruth de Souza, Léa Garcia, Taís Araújo. The story follows the complex relationship between a set of sisters, mothers, and daughters; a family funeral serves as a starting point for a series of flashbacks from the 1960s and '70s. Though general sexism and gender stereotyping are among the causes for the tension between them, the social and political remnants of slavery present an even more insidious conflict to be dealt with. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 84 min. vhs 999:3930
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Forbidden to Forbid (Proibido proibir) (Brazil | Chile | Spain, 2007)
Directed by Jorge Durán. Cast: Caio Blat, Maria Flor, Alexandre Rodrigues. Filmed on the north zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, during 6 weeks, Forbidden to Forbid is the story of Leon, sociology undergraduate, and his girlfriend Leticia, an architecture student that falls in love with medicine student Paulo, Leon's best friend and roommate. The love triangle never consummates, provoking tension between them. Colleagues at the Federal University, they get to know Rosalina, a terminal patient at the University Hospital where Paulo is doing his internship. Trying to find information about Rosalina's two sons, the students experience the violence of the city when Leon gets shot and Paulo has to operate on his friend. This experience fortifies Paulo and Leticia's love and binds the three friends together. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 101 min. DVD X3668
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Four Days in September (Brazil / USA, 1997)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Cláudia Abreu, Luiz Fernando Guimaraes, Caroline Kava, Fisher Stevens. Based on true life events, political terrorists in a desperate bid to focus the world's attention on their fight for freedom, kidnap an American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance, helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate and his fear of the captors themselves! 107 min. DVD X4604; vhs 999:3299
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Gabriela (1983)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Sonia Braga, Antonio Cantafora. Set in Brazil, story of a middle-aged bar owner whose passionate romance with young Gabriela sends sparks flying in a town where sex and politics are the main diversions. 105 min. Video vhs 999:235
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Henderson, James. "Garbriela: An Evocation of Elite Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Latin America." In: Based on a true story : Latin American history at the movies / edited by Donald F. Stevens. Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.L37 B37 1997)
Williams, Bruce E. "A Captive of the Screen: Archetype and Gaze in Barreto's Gabriela." Film Criticism, Winter90, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p24-32, 9p UC users only

Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (Delirios de un Anormal) (Brazil, 1977)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Jorge Peres, Magna Miller, Jaime Cortez, Lírio Bertelli, Anadir Goi, João Da Cruz, Alexa Brandwira, Walter Setembro, Natalina Barbosa. A psychiatrist is being driven insane with hellish nightmares in which the sinister bogeyman Coffin Joe (José Mojica Marins) tries to steal his wife for the purpose of creating the perfect woman. His colleagues are so concerned they contact Marins, the creator of the Coffin Joe character, asking for his help, and he readily agrees. The movie mainly consists of outtakes and recycled footage from the earlier Coffin Joe movies. 85 min. DVD X3111; vhs 999:1417

Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

Hellish Flesh (Inferno Carnal) (Brazil, 1977)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Luely Figueiró, Oswaldo De Souza, Helena Ramos. Brazilian horror film features director Marins playing the lead role as a doctor who has acid poured on his face by his cheating younger wife. The wife eventually takes his money and runs off with her playboy lover but the doctor has his own ideas for revenge. 82 min. DVD X3111
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

O Homem do Ano (Man of the Year)(2003)
Directed by José Henrique Fonseca. Maiquel lost a bet and had to dye his hair blonde. This triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw-- all in 24 hours. 106 min. DVD 6346
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O Homem que copiava (The Man Who Copied)(Brazil, 2003)
Directed by Jorge Furtado. Cast: Lázaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Pedro Cardoso, Luana Piovani. Photocopier operator, André is attracted to Silvia, his neighbor, whom he likes to watch with a telescope. Following her, he discovers that Sylvia works at an expensive shop. When André falls in love with Sylvia he puts his photocopier to another use and prints money for himself so he can afford to go and shop at her store. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 123 min. 999:3920
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Hour of the Star (A Hora da Estrela) (Brazil,1986)
Directed by Suzana Amaral. Cast: Marcelia Cartaxo, Jose Dumont, Tamara Taxman, Denoy de Oliveira, Sonia Guedes, Umberto Magnani. A young woman from the countryside of northeast Brazil moves to the sprawling city of San Paolo. Her doomed quest for success amid the desperate poverty around her is tempered by the happiness she finds in her fantasies. Based on the novel by Clarice Lispector (Main Stack PQ9697.L585.H67131 1986]; Moffitt PQ9697.L585.H6713 1992.) 90 min. DVD 4300; vhs 999:1340
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How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês) (Brazil, 1971)
Directed Nelson Pereira dos Santos. Cast: Arduino Colasanti, Ana Maria Magalhães, Eduardo Imbassahy Filho. In the coastal wilds of 16th-century Brazil, a French soldier is captured by a tribe of man-eating Indians. He strives to learn the ways of the tribe, hoping to figure out a way to avoid his prescribed fate of being the main course of a ceremonial dinner. 80 min. Video DVD 8152; vhs 999:1335
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Davis, Darien J. ""Hans Staden"; "How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." American Historical Review; 2001, Vol. 106 Issue 2, p695-697, 3p UC users only
Gordon, Richard A. "Exorcizing the Nation in Cabeza de Vaca (1991) and Como era gostoro o meu francês." In: Cannibalizing the colony : cinematic adaptations of colonial literature in Mexico and Brazil / Richard A. Gordon. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 G65 2009)
Greenwald, Rachel T. "Models of Identity Exploration in Film: A Letter without Words and How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." Radical History Review, Spring2002, Issue 83, p175, 5p UC users only
Pena, Richard. "How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." In: Brazilian cinema / Randal Johnson and Robert Stam, editors. New York : Columbia University Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.B6 B7 1995)
Sadlier, Darlene. "The Politics of Adaptation: How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." In: Film adaptation / edited and with an introduction by James Naremore. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.85 .F55 2000)
Young, Theodore Robert. "You Are What You Eat: Tropicalismo and How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." In: A twice-told tale : reinventing the encounter in Iberian/Iberian American literature and film / edited by Santiago Juan-Navarro and Theodore Robert Young. Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ7081.A1 T85 2001)

The Invader (O invasor) (2002)
Directed by Beto Brant. Cast: Marco Ricca, Alexandre Borges, Paulo Miklos, Mariana Ximenes, Malu Mader. Two businessmen have their partner killed by a hitman who then blackmails them to gain control of their company. The hitman enters their privileged world and, in search of further riches, seduces the wealthy daughter of the partner he killed. 97 min. DVD 8469
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Iracema (Brazil, 1976)
Directed by Jorge Bodanzky. Episodes from the life of Iracema, a young native girl, and Tiao, a truck driver, against the backdrop of an economically exploited and socially disintegrating Brazil. 95 min. vhs 999:2152

A Land in Distress (Terra em Transe) (Brazil, 1967)
Directed by Glauber Rocha. Cast: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauce Rocha, Paulo Gracindo, Hugo Carvana. Paulo Martins is a young poet and journalist who is persuaded by his lover Sara to become involved in the politics of his country, the hypothetical Eldorado. He fights against two corrupt politicians, a populist governor and a conservative president, both who were at one time his friends. 117 min. DVD X2685; Video vhs 999:1338
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Nagib, Lúcia. "Panaméricas Utópicas: Entranced and Transient Nations in I Am Cuba (1964) and Land in Trance (1967)." Hispanic Research Journal, Feb2007, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p79-90, 12p UC users only
Van Wert, William F. "Ideology in the Third World Cinema: A Study of Sembene Ousmane and Glauber Rocha." Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Spring1979, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p207-226, 20p
Xavier, Ismail. "Land in Anguish: Allegory and Agony." In: Allegories of underdevelopment : aesthetics and politics in modern Brazilian cinema / Ismail Xavier. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)

Lower City (Cidade baixa) (Brazil, 2005)
Directed by Sérgio Machado. Cast: Lazaro Ramos, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga, José Dumont. Sexy Brazilian drama chronicling a love triangle between two best friends, Deco and Naldinho, and a sultry, beautiful young girl, Karinna. Burdened with unbridled passion, the threesome navigates the "lower city" of tropical Salvador da Bahia, stumbling through a treacherous landscape of sex and jealousy. Suffocated and unable to go on, the three must accept one another as lovers, adversaries and ultimately friends; learning to overlook the defiance of their actions and joining one another down an unthinkable path. 98 min. DVD 6652
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Macunaíma (1969)
Director, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. Cast: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho, Dina Sfat, Milton Goncalves, Rodolfo Arena. In Macunaima, cinema novo pioneer Joaquim Pedro de Andrade adapted a masterpiece of Brazilian modernism to reflect the simultaneous triumph of tropicalismo and onset of military dictatorship. Pure essence of 1969, the movie is a funny, freewheeling melange of primitive myth and Busby Berkeley, hippie street theater and cabaret star Grande Otelo, glamorized urban guerrillas and documented candomble rituals; it's full of racial high jinks, with a free-floating cannibal metaphor applied most savagely to a capitalist ogre. Based on the novel by Mario de Andrade. 110 min. DVD 8467)
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Xavier, Ismail. "Macunaíma: The Delusions of Eternal Childhood." In: Allegories of underdevelopment : aesthetics and politics in modern Brazilian cinema / Ismail Xavier. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.B6 X3813 1997)
Madame Satñ (Brazil / France, 2002)
Director, Karim Ainouz. Cast: Lazaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Fellipe Marques, Renata Sorrah, Ricardo Blat, Emiliano Queiroz. Born to slaves in Northern Brazil and sold at the age of 7 by his mother for the price of a mule, tells the story of the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos -- better known as Madame Satñ -- was also a notorious gay performer and drag queen who pushed social boundaries in the volatile 1930s. Special features: Audio commentary with director Karim Ainouz; making-of featurette; "Seams" short documentary. 105 min. DVD X361
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Man of the Year (O homem do ano) (Brazil, 2003)
Directed by José Henrique Fonseca. Cast: Murilo Benicio, Cláudia Abreau, Natalia Lage, Jorge Doria. Maiquel lost a bet and had to dye his hair blonde. This triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw-- all in 24 hours. 106 min. DVD 6346
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O Mandarim
Directed by Julio Bressane. Cast: Fernando Eiras, Giulia Gam, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Raphael Rabello, Chico Buarque, Rubens Santos, Edu Lobo, Caetano Veloso. A feature film, telling the history of 20th-century Brazilian popular music through the life of the singer Mario Reis. In Portuguese w/o subtitles. 100 min. Video vhs 999:1671

Mango Yellow (Amarelo manga) (2002)
Director, Claudio Assis. Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch, Leona Cavalli, Dira Paes, Chico Diaz, Conceicao Camaroti, Magdale Alves, Jones Melo, Everaldo Pontes, Cosme Soares. Mango Yellow describes the experiences of a small group of people, a waiter, a gay chef, a butcher, and his Evangelical wife, as they pursue romantic encounters and unfilled dreams and illusions around the coastal Brazilian city of Recife. 100 min.DVD 6591
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Memories of Prison (Memórias do Cárcere) (Brazil, 1984)
Director, Nelson Pereira dos Santos. The Brazilian author, Graciliano Ramos, under suspicion of extreme left-wing views, was imprisoned on a penal isle near Rio de Janeiro from 1936-1937 during a period of political repression. Film is adapted from his vivid recollections of prison life, based on his posthumous memoirs. 121 min. vhs 999:3291 (In Portuguese with English subtitles; Another copy: 218 min. Portuguese without English subitles vhs 999:1672)
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Middle of the World (O caminho das nuvens) (2003)
Directed by Vicente Amorim. Cast: Cláudia Abreu, Wagner Moura, Ravi Ramos Lacerda. Based on a true story. A man and his family of six journey 2000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycles in search of a better life. 86 min. DVD 6348
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The Milky Way (A Via Láctea) (2007)
Directed by Lina Chamie. Cast: Marco Ricca, Alice Braga, Fernando Alves Pinto, Mariana Lima, José Rubens Chachá, Ivan Capúa, Guilhermo Hundadze, Yasmin Costola, Grupo Oficina Uzyna Uzona. Dusk is falling in Sao Paulo when Heitor and Julia -- who have been dating for a long time -- have a violent quarrel over the phone. Anguished, Heitor gets in his car and sets off in the direction of Julia's house, to kiss and make up. First though, he finds himself engulfed in the madness of rush hour traffic which places a considerable delay on his journey. This gives Heitor ample opportunity to ponder the metropolis itself and the city begins to interefere in his thought processes. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 89 min. DVD X3670
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Not by Chance (Não Por Acaso) (2007)
Directed by Philippe Barcinski. Cast: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina, Julien Bertheau, Andre Weber, Milena Vukotik, Maria Asquerino, Pieral. A wealthy older man has an affair with a young maid played by two different actresses in this darkly humorous satire on sexual obsession. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 100 min. DVD X3665
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Pixote (1981)
In this realistic dramatization of the brutal underworld inhabited by Brazil's unwanted children, ten-year old Pixote (Fernando Ramos da Silva) is hauled off to a detention center where he witnesses rapes, beatings and other acts of random violence. He eventually escapes from the detention center to embark on a life of petty crime, snatching purses and dealing drugs. Despite flashes of humor and innocence, Pixote and his friends become increasingly caught up in a savage descent into violence and murder. 127 min. DVD 737; vhs 999:2062
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Marília Pêra)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Epstein, Irving. "Street children in film." Curriculum Inquiry, Fall99, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p375, 14p
Hawken, Janet; Litewski, Chaim. "Exploitation for Export." Screen, Mar/Apr83, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p66-70, 5p
Johnson, Randal. "The 'Romance-Reportagem' and the Cinema: Babenco's Lúcio Flávio and Pixote." Luso-Brazilian Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 35-48, 1987 Winter
Lauria, Marc. "Pixote." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 25, 2003 Mar-Apr
Levine, Robert M. "Pixote: Fiction and Reality in Brazilian Life." In: Based on a true story : Latin American history at the movies / edited by Donald F. Stevens. Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.L37 B37 1997)

See also: Quem Matou Pixote? (Who Killed Pixote?) (1996)
Fernando Ramos da Silva gained worldwide recognition at the age of 11 when he starred in Hector Babenco's film "Pixote." A child from the San Paulo slums, da Silva was prevented from developing an acting career by his near-illiteracy and scarcity of roles. This film depicts the context of poverty and injustice that still controls the destiny of the "pixotes," the street children of Brazilian slums. 120 min. Video/C 5849
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Quilombo(Brazil, 1984)
Directed by Carlos Diegues. Cast: Antonio Pompeo, Zeze Motta, Toni Tornado, Vera Fischer. In 17th century Brazil, groups of runaway black slaves escaped to mountainous jungle strongholds, where they formed self-governing communities known as quilombos. This story, derived from historical fact, chronicles Palmares, the most famous of these "Black Eldorados" which flourished for several decades under the reign of the legendary chieftain Ganga Zumba. 121 min. Video DVD 8368; vhs 999:1319
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Fusco, Coco. "Choosing Between Legend and History." Cineaste; 1986, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p12-14, 3p
Stam, Robert. "Quilombo." Cineaste, 1986, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p42-44, 3p
Stam, Robert. "Samba, Candomble, Quilombo: Black Performance and Brazilian Cinema." The Journal of Ethnic Studies, vol. 13 no. 3. 1985 Fall. pp: 55-84.
Welch, Cliff. "Quilombo." American Historical Review, Oct92, Vol. 97 Issue 4, p1162, 3p UC users only

Redentor (Redeemer) (Brazil, 2004)
Directed by Cláudio Torres. Cast: Pedro Cardoso, Miguel Falabella, Camila Pitanga, Fernando Torres, Stênio Garcia, Tony Tornado, Lúcia Andrey, Lucio Mauro, Fernandé Montenegro. Célio Rocha, a reporter for a nespaper in Rio de Janeiro, believes he was assigned by God himself a difficult mission: to persuade his childhood friend Otávio Sabóia, a corrupt entrepreneur in the construction business, to give away all his possessions to the poor. Otavio's father, who recently committed suicide, was a master con man and had tricked many middle class families, such as Célio's parents, into bad real estate deals. Now Célio wants to help Otavio redeem himself and his father. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 100 min. Video vhs 999:3924
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Romeo and Juliet Get Married (O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta)(Brazil, 2005)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Luana Piovani, Luiz Gustavo. Shakespeare's classic lovestory is retold in the crazed world of passionate soccer fans. Ophthalmologist Romeo, his 21-year old son and feisty grandmother are obsessed with the Corinthians football team. When Romeo falls for Juliet, the lovely daughter of the arch rival Palmeiras fan club president, he fakes a love for Palmeiras to impress his future father-in-law. The ruse comes to a head when Romeo's true loyalties are revealed, triggering a series of frantic and hilarious twists that threans the wedding plans of the star crossed lovers. 90 min. DVD X3492
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Saneamento básico: o filme (2007)
Directed by Jorge Furtado. Cast: Fernanda Torres, Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga, Bruno Garcia, Lázaro Ramos. A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village. 112 min. DVD X7372
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Savage Capitalism (Capitalismo Salvaje) (Brazil, 1993)
Directed by André Klotzel. Cast: Fernando Torres, Jose Mayer, Marisa Orth, Marcelo Tass. This Brazilian feature centers around a romance between a reporter and a mining company executive. The romance crumbles when the executive's wife, long presumed dead, returns and drives the couple, the company and the country to the brink of a national disaster. 86 min. vhs 999:1344
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Young, Theodore Robert. "Three Views of the Amazon in International Commercial Film." Luso-Brazilian Review, 1999, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p23, 10p UC users only

The Story of Fausta (Romance de Empregada) (Brazil, 1988)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Betty Faria, Daniel Filho, Brandão Filho. When an old widower buys Fausta perfume and a drink, she sees a way out of both her marriage and the shanty town that traps her. In this hilarious and touching Brazilian comedy, Fausta and her relationships are infused with a deeper message in the film's startling conclusion. 90 min. Video vhs 999:1343
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Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures (A Estranha hospedaria dos prazeres) (Brazil, 1967)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Rosalvo Cacador, Marizeth Baumgartem. Mojica plays the owner of a haunted hostel where guests can make their most abnormal dreams come true. Next day they awake to discover the true identity of their host -- death! 79 min. DVD X3112
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

The Strange World of Coffin Joe (O Estranho Mundo de Zé do Caixão) (Brazil, 1968)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. A trio of terrifying tales from the demonic Coffin Joe about a strange dollmaker whose creations look almost real, the world of necrophilia, and a doctor (Coffin Joe himself) out to prove his theory that love is dead by capturing and torturing a couple of non-believers. 83 min. DVD X3113; vhs 999:1417
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
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Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

A Terceira Margem do Rio (The Third Bank of the River). (Brazil, 1994)
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. Cast: Ilya São Paulo, Sonjia Saurin, Maria Ribeiro, Barbara Brant, Mariane Vicentini, Chico Diaz. A family moves to the outskirts of Brasilia from its river edge home and exploits the magic, miracle-working powers of a daughter named Nhinhinha but tragedy sends the girl's father back to the river's edge. Adapted from a mixture of Guimaraes Rosa's short stories in: Primeiras Estorias (novel is in Main Stack PQ9697.R76 P7 1969) 94 min. vhs 999:1474
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Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land) (Brazil, 1995)
Directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. Cast: Fernanda Torres, Fernando Alves Pinto, Luis Melo. After the unexpected death of his mother, Paco, an aspiring actor from Sao Paulo, longs to leave his native Brazil. Tired of living in squalor, he accepts a 'delivery job' from a shady antique dealer and travels to Lisbon carrying a violin filled with uncut diamonds. But when the exchange goes bad, he finds himself on the run from an underworld thug and in the arms of Alex, a beautiful woman caught up in the Portuguese black market. 100 min. DVD 2935
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Ruétalo, Victoria. "Border-crossings and textual gaps: a 'globalized' mode of production in Profundo carmesí and Terra estrangeira." UC users only
Sadlier, Darlene J. "Leaving Home in Three Films by Walter Salles." symploke Volume 15, Numbers 1-2, 2007

Tesouro perdido(1927)
Directed by Humberto Mauro. Cast: Lola Lys, Humberto Mauro, Bruno Mauro, Alzir Arruda, Pascoal Ciodaro. Two brothers, Braulio and Pedro, are taken in by a family friend, Hilario, after the death of their father. When Braulio comes of age, Hilary gives him a piece of a treasure map. Two bandits are seeking the map and kidnap Susana, Hilario's daughter, in an attempt to obtain Braulio's piece. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 50 min. vhs 999:3917
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This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (Esta Noite Encarnarei no Teu Cadáver) (Brazil, 1967)
Director, José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari, Jose Lobo. Coffin Joe returns to continue his quest for the perfect bride. Aided by his hunchback assistant, he embarks on an even more brutal campaign of terror. For his sins, Joe is dragged headfirst into the underworld. 109 min. DVD X3114
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

Vidas Secas (Brazil, 1963)
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. Cast: Atila Iorio, Maria Ribeiro, Gilvan e Genivaldo Lima, Jofre Soares. A poor family and their dog struggle to survive in drought-stricken Northeast Brazil. They wander about the barren land searching for a better place to live with food and work, but the drought and misery destroy their hopes. 101 min. DVD 5031
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Xica da Silva. (Brazil, 1976)
Directed by Carlos Diegues. A film based upon the true story of the legendary black slave Xica de Silva. During an 18th century diamond rush, Brazil's interior became a scene of wealth and excess where Xica rose in power to become the unofficial Empress of Brazil who vividly fused European and African cultures.109 min. vhs 999:1175
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Gordon, Richard A. "Allegories of Resistance and Reception in Xica da Silva." Luso-Brazilian Review, 2005, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p44-60, 17p UC users only

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em que meus pais saíram de férias) (Brazil, 2006)
Directed by Cao Hamburger. Cast: Germano Haiut, Simone Spoladore, Caio Blat, Eduardo Moreira, Liliana Castro, Rodrigo Dos Santos, Paulo Autran, Michel Joelsas, Daniela Piepszyk. "In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern and his wife Miriam leaves Belo Horizonte in a hurry and scared with their ten years old son Mauro in their Volkswagen. While traveling to São Paulo, the couple explains Mauro that they will travel on vacation and will leave Mauro with his grandfather Mótel. Daniel promises to return before the first game of the Brazilian National Soccer Team in the Cup. The boy is left in Bom Retiro, a Jewish and Italian neighborhood, and waits for Mótel in front of his apartment. When the next door neighbor Shlomo arrives, he tells the boy that Mótel had just had a heart attack and died. Alone and without knowing where his parents are, the boy is lodged by Shlomo and the Jewish community. Through the young neighbor Hanna, Mauro makes new friends, cheers for the Brazilian team and sees the movement of the police and militaries on the streets while waiting for his parents." [IMDB] Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. DVD X4053
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Chile

Actas de Marusia (Chile, 1976)
Directed by Miguel Littin. More than a detailed story, it is the chronicle of the repression exercised by an English Company over a small Chilean town whose inhabitants are determined to win the minimal human rights due to them as workers and citizens. 90 min. Spanish dialog only; no subtitles. 90 min. Video/C 1369
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García Márquez, Gabriel. Clandestine in Chile : the adventures of Miguel Littín New York : H. Holt, c1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks F3100 .G375131 1987)

El chacotero sentimental (The Sentimental Teaser) (Chile, 1999)
Directed by Cristián Galaz. Cast: Roberto Artiagoitía ; Daniel Muñoz, Lorene Prieto, Sergio Schmied, Martín Salinas, Fernando Farias, Myriam Palacios; Ximena Rivas, Mateo Iribarren, Claudia Celedón, Patricia Rivadeneira, Emiliana Araya, Camila Rojas ; Tamara Acosta, Pablo Macaya, Patricio Bunster, Marcela Espinoza, Alejandro Trejo. A young and eccentric radio show talk host has a successful program on the air. His anonymous callers tell their stories of love, entanglements, misunderstandings and passionate affairs. The film tells three different stories through three different windows, but all are equally pertinent in needing to be shared with the listeners of the world outside. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. vhs 999:3913
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Coronación (Coronation) (Chile, 2000)
Directed by Silvio Caiozzi. Cast: Julio Jung, Maria Canepa, Adela Secall, Luis Dubo, Paulo Meza. A glum, middle-aged bachelor, Don Andres, is the heir of a formerly wealthy and respected Chilean family. Andres suffers from decadence and solitude. He hires young Estela in order to look after his abusive and almost crazy grandmother. The differences in class and age don't stop Andres from courting Estela, whose fiance Mario tries to make some money off of his well-to-do rival. The suffocating atmosphere of the run-down mansion mimics the deterioration of the Bourgeoisie, and threatens Andres own mental state. 140 min. DVD 4188
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Machuca (Chile | Spain | UK | France, 2004)
Directed by Andrés Wood. Cast: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Kuppenheim, Ernesto Malbrán, Tamara Acosta, Francisco Reyes, Alejandro Trejo, Maria Olga Matte, Gabriela Media, Luis Dubó, Andrea García Huidabro, Tiago Correa, Pablo Krögh, Federico Luppi. Explores Chile's bloody 1973 coup through the coming-of-age story of a pair of 12-year-old boys. From opposite extremes of society, Gonzalo and Pedro form an unlikely friendship as politics rips their world apart. 115 min. DVD X5075
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La nana (The Maid) (Chile | Mexico, 2009)
Directed by Sebastián Silva. Cast: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro, Alejandro Goic, Agustín Silva. Raquel has worked as a housemaid for an upper-class Santiago, Chile, family for 23 years. On Raquel's 41st birthday, Pilar Valdez and family force the sullen, withdrawn maid to emerge from her kitchen sanctum and join the family for a celebration, but her discomfort is as strong as the family's need to acknowledge their awkward dependence on her. Raquel becomes unable to care for the house alone and new help is hired, which throws her into a jealous frenzy. The home soon becomes the stage for Raquel's darkly comedic tricks as she drives away anyone trying to take her place. 94 min. DVD X3886
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La sagrada familia (The Sacred Family) (Chile, 2004 )
Directed by Sebastián Campos. Cast: Sergio Hernandez, Coca Guazzini, Nestor Cantillana, Patricia Lopez. It's Easter at the beach house of a Chilean well-to-do family. A self-centered and successful father, a disoriented mother and a son overshadowed by his successful father, wait for the arrival of the son's first official girlfriend; a disturbing and rebellious young lady who will invade the house with her powerful sexual load and other "gifts", breaking loose an emotional cataclysm with no stepping back. 99 min. DVD X106
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Subterra (Chile | Spain, 2003)
Directed by Marcelo Ferrari. Cast: Francisco Reyes, Paulina Gálvez, Ernesto Malbrán. The town of Lota, Chile, 1897 is the setting that reflects a history of human and social changes. In the depths of the biggest coal mine in the world, a grand rebellion develops in the heart of a man. While the aristocratic family of Cousiño Goyenechea dreams of progress, the coal miners awaken in their search for diginity. Based on the novel by Baldomero Lillo. 108 min. DVD X6080
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Colombia

Al final del espectro (At the End of the Spectra) (Colombia, 2006)
Directed by Juan Felipe Orozco. After a traumatic situation that turns Vega into an agoraphobe, she decides to live like a hermit in an apartment at her father's suggestion. Her life changes radically as she begins to see the inexplicable and hear the unignorable. As her horrific visions intensify, Vega begins to piece together a dark jigsaw puzzle illuminating evil's malign power. A series of explosive situations occur, such as a sinister presence in the apartment, her neighbor's bizarre obsession, and a dark forgotten past, bring the story to a chilling, claustrophobic and tense conclusion. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 92 min. DVD X3637
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Bluff (Colombia, 2007)
Directed by Felipe Martínez. Cast: Federico Lorusso, Victor Mallarino, Catalina Aristizábal, Carolina Gómez, Verónica Orozco, Luis Eduardo Arango, Felipe Botero, Juan Felipe Cano, Adriana Romero, Nicolas was a successful fashion photographer with a beautiful girlfriend, Margarita, and a comfortable life. After walking in on an intimate moment between Margarita and his boss, Mallarino, Nicolas loses his job, his house, and his girlfriend. Nicolas decides to blackmail Mallarino, but the plan doesn't work and suddenly Nicolas finds himself involved in murder, bribery, and deception. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 103 min. DVD X4048
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Cachimba (Chile | Argentina | Spain, 2004)
Directed by Silvio Caiozzi. Cast: Pablo Schwarz, Mariana Loyola, Julio Jung, Patricio Contreras, Tomás Vidiella, Paulina García, Jesús Guzmán. A dark satire, Cachimba recounts the most memorable moment in the life of a hapless accountaint, Marcos, who comes upon an antiquated townhouse carrying quite possibly the most masterful undiscovered painter his county ever produced. Such serendipity fuels Marcos on a war against corruption and bureaucracy to uphold the standing of this nearly forgotten master. Although our quixotic hero is against powerful odds, the battle imbues him with a purpose never before felt, and it shows -- with his work, with his relations, and most importantly with the love of his life, the hefty yet naive Hildad. Co-workers, bosses, etc., all may turn against Marcos, but through his passion a national museum and lifelong love shall endure. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 127 min. DVD DVD X3640
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Carne de Tu Carne (Flesh of Your Flesh) (Colombia, 1983)
Directed by Carlos Mayolo. Centers on a wealthy family fighting over the last testament of a just-deceased matriarch. From there, the family members are shown to have an incestuous relationship, and eventually vampires come into the picture, as well as unbridled slaughter. 86 min. vhs 999:3414
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El Colombian Dream (Colombia, 2005)
Directed by Felipe Aljure. Cast: Mateo Rudas, Santiago Rudas, Miguel Canal, Manuela Beltrán, Héctor García. The story is narrated by Lucho, a baby aborted fourteen years ago who is waiting to be reincarnated in a new body. Until then, he observes his sister's and mother's lives. All of the best and worst parts of Colombia are represented, as drugs and greed ruin many of the lives that Lucho oversees. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 155 min. DVD X4051
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Condores No Entierran Todos los Dias (Man of Principle) (1984)
Director, Francisco Norden. Tells the story of Leon Maria Lozano, a modest bookstore employee, fervent Catholic, and good citizen, who becomes a political assassin as a result of partisan conflicts. The bitter political struggle between conservative and liberal political parties in Colombia in 1948 provides the context for this drama about a simple man's transformation. 90 min. vhs 999:3591
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Confesion a Laura (Colombia, 1990)
Directed by Jaime Osorio Gómez. Set during a violent civil war in Colombia which occurred after the assassination of liberal leader Jorge Elieser Gaitan in 1948. Three people are trapped in Laura's house during a riot, setting the scene for an unforgettable night. 90 min. vhs 999:3405
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The Day You Love Me (El dia que me quieras) (Venezuela / Colombia / Argentina / USA, 1986)
Directed by Sergio Dow. Cast: Cast: Graciela Duffau, Fausto Verdial , Maria Eugenia Davila, Ulises Dumont, Claudio Berge, Adriana Herran, Juan Leyrado, Omar Sanchez. In 1935, the last year of Juan Vicente Gomez' dictatorship, Caracas, Venezuela was host to the great tango singer, Carlos Gardel. This is the story of those who came to greet him, as well as the Incisor family, at whose door he accidentally arrives. 80 min. vhs 999:3370
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The Day You Love Me (El dia que me quieras) (USA, 1935)
Directed by John Reinhardt. Cast: Carlos Gardel, Rosita Moreno, Tito Lusiardo, Manuel Pelufo, Del Campo, José Luis Tortosa. A man relinquishes his family fortune to live in poverty with the woman he loves. Many years later, now a widower and a famous singer, his daughter's boyfriend is reliving his plight. But he is determined to do all he can do to prevent the groom's father from interfering. 90 min. DVD 8924
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Details of a Duel: A Question of Honor (Técnicas de Duelo: Una Cuestión de Honor) (Colombia, 1982)
Directed by Sergio Cabrera. The habitual calm of a nameless town in the heart of the Andes is shaken by the news of an up-coming duel between the local school-teacher and the butcher -- men who only yesterday were friends and political allies. Egged on by the clergy, the militia and the town's bureaucrats, a private affair becomes a gladiatorial spectacle. This film is a satire of Latin machismo, casual political corruption and the universal acceptance of a ludicrous code of honor. 97 min. vhs 999:1406
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Diastole y Sistole: Los Movimientos del Corazon (Diastole y sistole: movements of the heart) (Colombia, 1999)
Directed by Harold Trompetero. Thirty five short stories about different aspects of love. 78 min. vhs 999:3412
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El Embajador de la India (Colombia, 1986)
Directed by Mario Ribero Ferreira. A provincial man is mistaken for the ambassador from India when he arrives in a Colombian city where they have been making preparations for the arrival of the dignitary. Soon he finds himself in too deep and must assume his new identity. 85 min. vhs 999:3408
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Fragmentos (Fragments) (Colombia, 1903-1957)
Compiled by Carlos Santa Garcia. Presents a selection of Colombian films through clips from films produced between 1903 and 1957 with an emphasis on early silent films. Hidden, burned or mislaid, less than a third of Colombia's early films have survived, a lost treasure which presents the history and customs of Colombia. 53 min. vhs 999:3415

La Gente de la Universal (Colombia, 1993)
Directed by Felipe Aljure. A black comedy that reveals the dark side of life in contemporary Bogota, Colombia. A private detective agency is hired by a jailed criminal to spy on his porn-star wife. 110 min. vhs 999:3406
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Maria Full of Grace (María llena eres de gracia) (Colombia | USA | Ecuador, 2004)
Directed by Joshua Marston. Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paolo Vega, Jhon Alex Toro, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae. Maria, a poor 17-year-old Colombian teenager, is desperate to leave a soul-crushing job. She accepts an offer to transport packets of heroin - which she swallows - to the United States. The ruthless world of drug trafficking proves to be more than she bargained for as she becomes ultimately entanged with both drug cartels and immigration officials. 101 min. DVD 3282
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Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best First Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign Language Film
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award (Dramatic)

Boyd, Susan C. "Drug Films, Justice, and Nationhood." Contemporary Justice Review, Volume 10, Issue 3 September 2007 , pages 263 - 282 UC users only
Caro, Eduardo. "María llena eres de gracia directed by Joshua Marston." Chasqui, 34:1 (May 2005), 222-225. UC users only
Davis, Emily S. "The Intimacies of Globalization: Bodies and Borders On-Screen." Camera Obscura, May2006, Vol. 21 Issue 62, p32-73, 42p UC users only
Filipcevic, V. "Maria Full of Grace." Cineaste v. 30 no. 1 (Winter 2004) p. 44-6 UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. " Madonna of the Mules" Interview with J. Marston." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 4 (April 2005) p. 22-4 UC users only
MacNab, G. "Maria Full of Grace." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 3 (March 2005) p. 62, 64 UC users only
Sorrensen, Cynthia. "Maria Full of Grace (Maria, llena eres de gracia)." Journal of Latin American Geography, Volume 4, Number 2, 2005, pp. 120-123 UC users only
Steyn, Mark. "Morally detached.(Maria Full of Grace)(Movie Review)." Spectator 297.9216 (March 26, 2005): 57(2).

Milagro en Roma (Miracle in Rome) (Colombia, 1988)
Directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo. The story of Margarito Duarte, whose 7 year-old daughter dies suddenly. Visiting her grave 12 years later, he finds his daughter's body just as he left it. After his townspeople call the event a miracle, he tries to have his daughter a saint, but it will take a miracle of a different order to get his wish. Adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "La Santa". 76 min. vhs 999:491
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Los Niños Invisibiles (Invisible Children) (2001)
Director, Lisandro Duque Naranjo. Cast: Guillermo Andrés Castañeda, Ingrid Cielo Ospina, Juvenal Camacho, Gustavo Angarita. In a small town in Colombia in the 1950s three eight-year-olds attempt to make themselves invisible by following the directions in a book of black magic.Fifty years later one of these children tells the story of their adventures. 90 min. vhs 999:3590
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No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escriba). (Colombia, 1999)
Directed by Arturo Ripstein. Cast: Fernando Lujan, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek. The old colonel goes each Friday to the post office to see if his long-awaited pension has come through. He knows it will not; so does his wife who is still grieving over the death of their son the year before. The colonel has a mission: to elevate the grim routine of poverty and failure to a high mass of defiance. He does that by showing that a heart that has been broken still beats with vengeance. 120 min. DVD 1839
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Mora, Sergio, de la. "A Career in Perspective: An Interview with Arturo Ripstein." Film Quarterly Jul 1999, Vol. 52, No. 4: 2-11. UC users only

Our Lady of the Assassins (La virgen de los sicarios) (2001)
Director, Barbet Schroeder. Cast: German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo, Manuel Busquets. An older writer, Fernando, returns to his hometown, Medellin, Colombia. There he falls in love with 16-year-old assassin, Alexis. After Alexis is killed, Fernando hunts for his killer in the Medellin slums and falls in love with Wilmar, a boy who resembles Alexis. 101 min. DVD 2078
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Perder es cuestión de método (Colombia | Spain, 2004)
Directed by Sergio Cabrera. Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Martina Garcia, Csar Mora, Victor Mallarino. This film critiques the wide-spread corruption in Colombia. The discovery of an impaled corpse near Bogotá makes journalist Victor Silampa and office clerk Emir Estupinán embark on a captivating and gruesome journey into the dark underbelly of this nation. With the aid of a young prostitute and the officer in charge of the case, Victor and Emir manage to discover a real estate fraud scheme that involves politicians, emerald hunters, journalists and other personalities, showing us the reality of this country in conflict. Based on the novel Perder es cuestión de método by Santiago Gamboa. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 105 min. DVD X3681
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El Proyecto del Diablo; La Taza de Te de Papa; Reputado (Colombia, 1986, 1999, 2000)
Contents: El Proyecto del Diablo, directed by Oscar Campo (1999, 25 min.): A dramatization of the life of an indigent alcoholic. La Taza de Te de Papa, directed by Jorg Hiller (2000, 13 min.): A woman remembers a special meal of her childhood shared with her father. Reputado, directed by Sylvia Amaya Londono (1986, 25 min.).: A physician fears for his life after being informed of a pending visit by a commander of a conflict raging in his area. 63 min. vhs 999:3416
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Pura Sangre (Colombia, 1982)
Directed by Luis Ospina. Cast: Florina Lemaitre, Carlos Mayolo, Humberto Arango, Luis Alberto Garcia, Gilberto "Fly" Forero. This first film by Colombian producer/director Luis Ospina is an obvious metaphor that relates vampirism to the social oppression of the poor by the ruling classes. Here a powerful Colombian industrialist must survive through the blood of young boys, blood that comes from victims selected from a different class than the proletariat. Cast: Florina Lemaitre, Carlos Mayolo, Humberto Arango, Luis Alberto Garcia, Gilberto "Fly" Forero. 98 min. vhs 999:3407
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Rodrigo D: No Futuro (Columbia, 1993)
Directed by Victor Gaviria. Cast: Ramiro Meneses, Carlos Mario Restrepo, Jackson Idrian Gallego, Vilma Diaz, Oscar Hernandez. A shockingly accurate and timely portrayal of the reckless existence of youths in one of the most exciting and dangerous cities in Latin America - Medellin, Colombia, in 1988. Backed with a frenetic punk rock soundtrack, the film centers around Rodrigo, a would-be drummer, and his friends who are trapped in the violence and drugs which define their turbulent lifestyle. 92 min. DVD 2844; vhs 999:1395
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Podalsky, Laura. "Out of Depth: The Politics of Disaffected Youth and Contemporary Latin American Cinema." In: Youth culture in global cinema / edited by Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.Y6.Y68 2007)

Rosario Tijeras (Mexico | Bolivia, 2005)
Director, Emilio Maillé. Cast: Flora Martínez, Unax Ugalde, Manolo Cardona. Antonio and Emilio are two upperclass friends who one day meet the beautiful and sensual narcotics assassin of Medill?, Rosario Tijeras "The Scissors". Moved by hatred against all those who betrayed her and incapable to show her true feelings, Rosario makes violence her style of life. Nevertheless, the three friends soon lose themselves in a distressing love triangle where they confuse the pain of love with the pain of death. Based on the novel by Jorge Franco. 93 min. DVD X4381
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Soplo de Vida (Breath of Life) (Colombia, 1999)
Directed by Luis Ospina. Cast: Fernando Solórzano, Flora Martínez, Robinson Diaz, Constanza Duque. An ex-cop turned private detective investigates the murder of a prostitute in a squalid hotel in Bogota and encounters her diverse clientele. 110 min. vhs 999:3413
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El Taxista Millonario (The Millionaire Taxi Driver) (Colombia, 1979)
Directed by Gustavo Nieto Roa. When a poor bumbling taxi driver comes into an inheritance that makes him a millionaire overnight, a beautiful passenger changes her mind about his advances. 94 min. vhs 999:3412
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La Vendedora de Rosas (The Rose Seller) (Colombia, 1998)
Directed by Victor Gaviria. Cast: Leidy Tabares, Marta Correa, Mileider Gil, Diana Murillo, Liliana Giraldo. 13 year-old Mónica and her friends live on the streets of Medellín, Colombia, surviving by selling roses to couples in nightclubs and sniffing glue to escape their desperation and loneliness. Set in the two days before Christmas, the film stars a non-professional cast of Medellín street children. 116 min. DVD X4280; vhs 999:3369
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Visa U.S.A. (Colombia, 1986)
Directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo. Cast: Armando Gutiérrez, Marcela Agudelo, Gellver de Currea Lugo, Vicky Hernandez, Alejandro Lugo. Adolfo, a chicken farmer's son, dreams of leaving the small town of Sevilla to seek fame as a radio announcer in the United States. To raise funds for his journey he tutors Patricia, the daughter of the local bank manager. The lessons lead them into a relationship that her parents are determined to block. Eventually Adolfo obtains his visa and begins an adventure of false starts. 90 min. vhs 999:3409
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Visitas (Colombia, 2006)
Directed by Pedro Lange. Cast: Mayil Georgi, Enrique Giordano, Luz Stella Luengas. Using the subtle relationship of three stories and the life situation of the protagonists, the creators of this film dramatize the impact of guerilla warfare violence on the people of Colombia, creating a violence that comes more from the inside, threatening the very balance of lives rather than that from the external from which one needs protection. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 90 min. DVD X2126
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Peru

Alias, "La Gringa" (Peru, 1991)
Directed by Alberto Durant. Cast: Germán Gonzalez, Lesa Olivero, Orlando Sacha. This powerful political drama from Peru follows the adventures and escapades of La Gringa, a likeable criminal capable of escaping from any jail. When he escapes from one with the help of an imprisoned intellectual, La Gringa returns in disguise to help pay back the favor but finds himself caught in a prison riot. 100 min. vhs 999:1384
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Bolivar I Am (Bolivar soy yo) (2002)
Directed by Jorge Ali Triana. Cast: Amparo Grisales, Robinson Diaz, Jairo Camargo, Fanny Mickey, Gustavo Angarita. The actor, Santiago Miranda, frantically abandons the production set of the popular soap opera "The Lovers of the Liberator," because he doesn't agree with the script considering it a misunderstanding of history. Balancing between lucidity and madness, he aspires to rewrite and direct the remaining episodes of the soap opera in order to illustrate the real vision and dream of Bolivar. 112 min. DVD 3989
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Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (Pantaleon y las visitadoras) (Peru, 1999)
Directed by Francisco J. Lombardi. Cast: Angie Cepeda, Salvador del Solar, Pilar Bardem, Monica Sanchez. A dedicated Peruvian army captain (and devoted husband) is put in charge of a top secret military operation--setting up a brothel in the Amazon jungle to satisfy the needs of his fellow soldiers. 119 min. DVD 3988
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The City and the Dogs (La Ciudad y los Perros)(Peru, 1985)
Directed by Francisco J. Lombardi. Four angry cadets in a Peruvian military academy who have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off boredom, set off a chain of events that starts with a theft and leads to murder and suicide Spanish dialog, no subtitles. 135 min. vhs 999:1738
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Días de Santiago (Days of Santiago) (Peru, 1983)
Directed by Josue Mendez. Cast: Pietro Sibille, Milagros Vidal, Marisela Puicon, Ricardo Mejia, Lili Urbina ... [et al.]. Santiago returns home from the Peruvian army ill-prepared to cope with the realities of life. Haunted by his violent military past, he is conflicted by his desire for education and his temptation to join his comrades in a life of crime. 83 min. DVD X475
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Don't Tell Anyone (No se lo digas a nadie) (Spain / Peru, 1998)
Director, Francisco J. Lombaradi. Cast: Santiago Magill, Lucia Jimenez, Christian Meier, Carmen Elias, Hernan Romero, Giovanni Ciccia, Lita Baluarte. Based on the alleged autobiography of gay Peruvian talk show host Jaime Bayly, this is the story of Joaquin, a troubled youth from a well-to-do family in Peru, who must overcome the domineering influences of his macho, racist father and obsessively religious mother to discover his true sexual nature. 114 min. DVD 1358
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Green Wall (La Muralla Verde)(Peru, 1970)
Directed by Armando Robles Godoy. Cast: Julio Aleman, Sandra Riva, Raul Martin. A young couple forsake their urban existence for life in the exciting but dangerous Peruvian jungle. In Spanish with English subtitles. 110 min. Video vhs 999:613

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Johnny Cien Pesos (Peru / Mexico, 1993)
Directed by Gustavo Graef-Marino. Cast: Armando Araiza, Patricia Rivera, Willy Semler, Luis Gnecco, Paulina Urrutia, Christian Campos. When a misguided teenager commits his first armed robbery with four small-time criminals, their surefire plan goes wrong and escalates into a hostage situation. In true tabloid style, the standoff with the police becomes a media circus, turning Johnny into a reluctant celebrity. 95 min. vhs 999:2005
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The Lion's Den (La Boca del Lobo (Peru, 1988)
Directed by Francisco J. Lombardi. Cast: Gustavo Beuno, Tono Vega, Jose Tejada, Gilberto Torres, Antero Sanchez, Bertha Pagazo. The Peruvian army takes control of Chuspi, a small village isolated in the Andes by the revolutionary group "Sendero Luminosa". Vitin Luna and the other young soldiers in the Peruvian forces face an invisible, perhaps superior force. Their unit is commanded by a brutal lieutenant who declares the entire village guilty of treason. In the face of this crisis, Vitin must choose between blind obedience and his own conscience. 111 min. Video vhs 999:1391
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Paper Dove (Paloma de papel) (Peru, 2003)
Directed by Fabrizio Aguilar. Cast: Antonio Callirgos; Eduardo Cesti; Aristóteles Picho; Liliana Trujillo; Melania Urbina; Tatiana Atengo; Sergio Galliani. Juan, a young man convicted of terrorism, is given amnesty from a Lima prison; he boards a bus to return home and recalls events in his village near Huaraz when he was 10 or 12. His father is long dead, his mother lives with Fermin, who is secretly a sympathizer with the Communist guerrillas in the hills. Town leaders are assassinated at night. When Juan discovers Fermin's secret, Juan is spirited away to the guerrillas to learn Marxist slogans and how to fight. When the guerrillas decide to attack the town to avenge the death of a comrade, Juan must decide which side to support. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 93 min. Video DVD X3732
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The Day You Love Me (El dia que me quieras) (Venezuela / Colombia / Argentina / USA, 1986)
Directed by Sergio Dow. Cast: Cast: Graciela Duffau, Fausto Verdial , Maria Eugenia Davila, Ulises Dumont, Claudio Berge, Adriana Herran, Juan Leyrado, Omar Sanchez. In 1935, the last year of Juan Vicente Gomez' dictatorship, Caracas, Venezuela was host to the great tango singer, Carlos Gardel. This is the story of those who came to greet him, as well as the Incisor family, at whose door he accidentally arrives. 80 min. vhs 999:3370
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Mestizo (Venezuela, 1988)
Directed by Mario Handler. The story of José Ramon, the son of a white Venezuelan aristocrat and a humble black fisher-woman, who is trying to define his own identity while dealing with social and sexual conflicts, the Venezuelan culture, the law and the impossible relationship he has with both his parents. 82 min. vhs 999:1990
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Miranda regresa (Venzuela, 2007)
Directed by Luis Alberto Lamata. Cast: Jorge Reyes, Luis Gerónimo Abreu, Luis Abreu, Francisco Alfaro, Alberto Alifa. The story of the revolutionary Venezuelan general and politician, Francisco de Miranda. The film shows Miranda's life, from the formative moments in his youth to his plans for the independence of the Spanish colonies in the Americas in the early 19th century. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 145 min. DVD X3735
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Sicario, Assassin for Hire (Venzuela, 1995)
Directed by José Ramón Novoa. Cast: Gledys Ibarra, Pedro Lander, Laureano Olivarez, Eva Mondolfi, Hernan Gil, Melissa Ponce, Nestor Teran, Francisco Hernandez, Tatiana Padron, Raimundo Rondon. On the streets of Colombia, a young boy named Jairo takes on a job as a hired assassin - a 'sicario.' When Jairo decides he's had enough, he soon learns that there is no such thing as an easy way out. Based on true events. 105 min. DVD X5841
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Aguirre Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (Germany, 1972)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling, Cecilia Rivera, Daniel Ades. A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Aguirre, self-styled "Wrath of God," travel up the Amazon in search of gold, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip. 94 min. DVD 377; vhs 999:7
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At Play in the Fields of the Lord (Brincando nos Campos do Senhor) (USA, 1991)
Directed by Hector Babenco. The tale of two men's experiences with a native Indian tribe in the Brazilian rain forest. One is an American mercenary hired to drive the Niaruna Indians off their land, who joins forces with them instead. The other is a missionary sent to convert the natives to Christianity. Based on the novel by Peter Matthiessen (Main Stack PS3563.A89 A79, and in Moffitt; XMAC.M443.A8 Grad Svcs) 186 min. vhs 999:1367
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Caesar, Terry. "'So that's the flag': The representation of Brazil and the politics of nation in American Literature." Criticism, Summer99, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p365, 20p
Okrent, Neil. "At Play in the Fields of the Lord." Cineaste, 1992, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p44-47, 4p UC users only
Rendleman, Tood. "'Evil' Images in At Play in the Fields of the Lord: Evangelicals and Representations of Sexuality in Contemporary Film." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall2000, Issue 46, p26, 14p UC users only
Young, Theodore Robert. "Three Views of the Amazon in International Commercial Film." Luso-Brazilian Review, 1999, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p23, 10p UC users only

El baño del papa (The Pope's Toilet) (Uruguay | Brazil | France, 2007)
Directed by César Charlone and Enrique Fernández. Cast: César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez. It's 1988, and Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all--he decides he will build a public restroom in front of his house and charge for its use. His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 97 min. DVD X3715
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Caribe (Costa Rica, 2004)
Directed by Esteban Ramírez. Cast: Jorge Perugorria, Maya Zapata, Cuca Escribano, Roberto McLean, Vinicio Rojas, Arnoldo Ramos, Gabriel Retes. With unspoiled tropical beaches, a seductive lover, and a passion like none he has ever before experienced, Vicente is being torn apart. An American oil company threatens to destroy him unless he betrays the country, and people he loves. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 92 min. DVD X3728
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Carlos (France | Germany, TV, 2010)
Directed by Olivier Assayas. Cast: Êdgar Ramírez, Juana Acosta. Tells the story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. 326 min. DVD X5040
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Hoberman, J. "Sympathy for the Devil." Film Comment, Sep/Oct2010, Vol. 46 Issue 5, p48-53, 6p UC users only
Porton, Richard. "Demystifying Carlos: An Interview with Olivier Assayas." Cineaste, Winter2010, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p16-22, 7p UC users only
Thompson, David. "Five Hours of the Jackal." Sight & Sound, Nov2010, Vol. 20 Issue 11, p30-31, 2p UC users only
White, Rob. "Interview with Olivier Assayas." Film Quarterly, Winter2010, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p74-77, 4p UC users only

Casa de los Babys (USA | Mexico, 2003)
Directed by John Sayles. Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Rita Moreno, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor. Six women -- dreamy Eileen, abrasive Nan, athletic Skipper, brusque Leslie, vivacious Jennifer and patient Gayle -- are staying at a hotel in South America, run by Señora Muñoz. Fed up with the long delays of the adoption system in the United States, they are passing the days waiting to adopt local children to bring home with them. Special features: audio commentary by director John Sayles; "The making-of 'Casa de los babys'" featurette; "Beyond borders" documentary; "On location with John Sayles" documentary; original theatrical trailer 96 min. DVD X4222
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Death of Che Guevara (La Muerte del Che Guevara) (Italy; Bolivia, 1968)
Directed by Lewis E. Ciannelli. A dramatization of the capture and death of the guerillero who shook the world with his revolutionary ideas. Che's own diary is the background for scenes of guerilla life. Che and nine of his men are the only ones left, hunted by a force of specially trained rangers they cannot hope to evade. vhs 999:1404

Desamores (Puerto Rico, 1935).
Directed by Edmundo H. Rodríguez. Cast: Modesto Lacén, Braulio Castillo, Linnette Torres, Ernesto Concepción, Sandra Teres, Jorge Castro, Yamaris Latorre, Johnathan Dwayne, Yezmin Luzzed, Jacqueline Duprey, Luis Freddie Vázquez. There has been a grave massacre within a highly successful insurance company in Puerto Rico. The owners, a married couple, have been slaughtered along with their employees. While the police are investigating, a private investigator, Isabelo Andujar, is hired. The investigation takes place in an underworld of frayed relationships and foul connections. It is a detective story that revolves around unforeseen secrets dealing in the occult and certain passions that only appear to spawn loathing. Based on the novel by Wilfredo Mattos Cintrón. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 108 min. DVD X3673
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El Día Que Me Quieras (The Day You Love Me) (USA, 1935).
Directed by John Reinhardt. Cast: Carlos Gardel Carlos. Gardel is Julio Arguelles, a man who relinquishes his family fortune to live in poverty with the woman he loves. Many years later, now a famous singer, his daughter's boyfriend is reliving his plight. But he is determined to do all he can do to prevent the groom's father from interfering with the lovers' destiny. Spanish dialog, no subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:1739
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Fitzcarraldo (Germany/Peru, 1982)
Directed by Werner Herzog. The story of a man obsessed with the desire to make his fortune and build his own personal opera house in a remote town in the Peruvian jungle. DVD 659; vhs 999:239
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Herzog, Werner. Fitzcarraldo: The Original Story. Translated from the German by Martje Herzog and Alan Greenberg. San Francisco: Fjord Press, 1982. (Main Stack PN1997.3.F5; Moffitt PN1997.3.F5)

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Brazil | USA, 1985)
Directed by Hector Babenco. A homosexual and a politically active journalist share a prison cell in an unnamed South American country. Though they initially have nothing in common, a strong relationship between the cellmates develops. Based on: Beso de la Mujer Arana by Manuel Puig. (Main Stack PQ7798.26.U4.B413 1991; Moffitt PQ7798.26.U4.B413 1991. 119 min. DVD X636; vhs 999:224
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Schrader, Leonard. Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Screenplay. Based on the novel by Manuel Puig. Boston: Faber and Faber, c1987. (Main Stack PN1997.K447 1987; Moffitt PN1997.K447 1987)

Ladrones y mentirosos (Thieves and Liars) (Puerto Rico, 2006)
Directed by Ricardo Méndez Matta. Cast: Steven Bauer, Elpidia Carrillo, Lymari Nadal, Magda Rivera, Isidro Bobadilla, José Heredia, Daniel Lugo, Dennis Mario, Carlos Paniagua, Luz María Rondón. Follows the story of three different families affected by the giant underground illegal economy that emerged and continues to grow since Puerto Rico became the main port of entry for cocaine into the U.S. east coast. Together, the three stories represent the struggle of all Puerto Ricans to survive the ever-rising wave of corruption and crime that has infiltrated every level of Puerto Rican society. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2006. 112 min. DVD X3687
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Men with Guns (USA, 1997)
Directed by John Sayles. Cast: Federico Luppi, Damian Alcazar, Tania Cruz, Damian Delgado, Dan Rivera Gonzalez, Mandy Patinkin, Kathryn Grody. Dr. Fuentes is a man in search of his legacy, seven medical students he trained to work in impoverished native villages in Mexico. But early in his odyssey he begins to suspect that men with guns got there first, and with every step he is confronted by bloody realities he had long ignored. Now, his is an almost desperate quest for a mythical village deep in the rainforest, one last refuge of hope called Cerca del Cielo. 128 min. DVD X4824; vhs 999:3248
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Mientras llega el día (aka 1809-1810 mientras llega el día)(Ecuador, 2004)
Directed by Camilo Luzuriaga. Cast: Marilú Vaca, Aristides Vargas, Gonzalo Gonzalo, Aitor Merino, Victor Hugo Gallegos. An epic story where love arises amidst conflict and rebellion. During the war of independence in Quito, Ecuador, Judith, a beautiful student, and Pedro Ampudia the city librarian fall passionately and prohibitively for one another. This is an intense and passionate story where the sacrifices made for love will have to triumph over this tumultous environment. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 100 min. DVD X3736
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Madeinusa (Peru / Spain, 2006)
Directed by Claudia Llosa. Cast: Magaly Solier, Carlos de la Torre, Yiliana Chong, Ubaldo Huaman. Madeinusa is a 14 year old girl with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can't see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl. 95 min. DVD 6974
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"Films by Claudia Llosa." Sight & Sound, Dec2010, Vol. 20 Issue 12, p86-87, 2p UC users only
Kroll, Juli A. "Between the "Sacred" and the "Profane": Cultural Fantasy in Madeinusa By Claudia Llosa." Chasqui ; nov2009, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p113-125, 13p UC users only

Missing (USA, 1982)
Directed by Costa-Gavras. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea. Based on an actual event, the story involves the search by his wife and father for Charles Horman, a young American journalist and filmmaker who disappeared during a South American coup. They are led in circles, up blind alleys and are confronted with lies and false hopes from both U.S. and foreign officials. But they frantically trudge on together until the painful, shattering conclusion. Based on the book : The execution of Charles Horman by Thomas Hauser.

Special features (Disc 1): Original theatrical trailer (3 min.) -- (Disc 2): Video interview with Costa-Gravas excerpted from the 1982 television news program JA2 20H (3 min.); video interview with Costa-Gravas for the 2006 French DVD release (30 min.); "Joyce Harmon on Missing" interview with the widow of Charles Horman (30 min.); "Producing Missing" interview with producers Edward and Mildred Lewis and Sean Daniel, and author of the source novel Thomas Hauser (18 min.); "1982 Cannes Film Festival" interview with Lemmon, Costa-Gavras, Charles' father Ed Horman, and family friend Terry Simon (20 min.); "Pursuing truth" interview of Peter Kornbluh, director of the National Security Archive's Chile Documentation Project (20 min.); "In honor of Missing" 2002 award ceremony held by the Charles Horman Truth Project for the film (21 min.). 122 min. DVD X496; vhs 999:2008

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Dorfman, Ariel. "Fictionalizing The Truth in Latin America." Nation; 6/25/1983, Vol. 236 Issue 25, p794-796, 3p UC users only

The Mission (UK, 1986)
Directed by Roland Joffe. Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons. This film is a powerful epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal subjegation by 18th century colonial empires. Special DVD features (Disc 1): Cast & crew, commentary, awards, theatrical trailer. (Disc 2) ; Bonus documentary, Omnibus, visits the Waunana Indians who portrayed the film's Guarani Indians. 125 min. DVD 9109; vhs 999:1128
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Vest, Jay Hansford C. "The Jesuit republic and brother care in The Mission: An allegory of the Conquest." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 29.3 (Summer 2005): 25-57.

El Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano = New Cinema of Latin America.
Contents: I. Cine humilde = Cinema of the humble -- II. El largo camino = The long road. Credits: Written, produced, and directed by Michael Chanan ; photography by Peter Chappell. Part I traces the origins and development of the new cinema movement in the countries of Latin American from the early 1950s to the present and examines its political and social themes. In part II the political and cultural dimensions of the new cinema since the 1960s are explored in greater detail. Examines the new cinema's political concerns, its desire to give expression to the traditional cultures, national identities, and everyday experiences of Latin Americans, and the growing prominence of feminist cinema. Both parts include commentary by directors and others active in the new cinema movement and excerpts from numerous films. Spanish with English subtitles. Narration in English. Video/C 4231 Pt. 1-2

Romero (USA, 1989)
Directed by John Duigan. Cast: Raul Julia, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, Eddie Velez, Alejandro Bracho, Tony Plana, Harold Gould. Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and the oppression in his country. This film chronicles the transformation of Romero from an apolitical, complacent priest to a comitted leader of the Salvadoran people. 105 min. DVD 4503; vhs 999:479

State of Siege (Etat de siege) (France / West Germany / Italy, 1973)
Directed by Costa Gavras. Cast: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O. E. Hasse. A drama based on the true story of the interrogation and execution of CIA agent Dan Mitrione by urban guerillas, the Tupamoros of Uruguay. Kidnapped by the revolutionaries, Mitrone who had been training the country's police in sophisticated counter-insurgency and torture techniques, was held hostage in exchange for the release of political prisoners. Shot in Chile with the approval of President Allende shortly before his assassination, the film was the first to detail the uglier side of the kind of paramilitary training that the U.S. has often performed for its allies. PAL format tape. 120 min. vhs 999:3237
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