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Chicanos/Latinos in the Movies

Against All Odds (Contra todo)(2006)
Directed by Michel Franco, Karim Raoul, Dora Peña, and Yuri Makino. Contents: Cyclone -- Crazy life -- Entre dos -- Night breeze -- El Soldado. In the tradition of Amores Perros, the stories in "Contra todo" paint a tapestry of experiences depicting Latino American life in the US. Faced with various obstacles, the characters risk everything to survive. Cyclone tells the story of Miguel growing up on the tough streets of New York. In Crazy Life, LA native Dulce's love for Chuy makes her question right and wrong. In Entre Dos, a doctor compromises his ethical code in order to save the life of his 10 year-old son. Traveling to Mexico City can be dangerous, especially in El Soldado, where Gabo's car gets towed, and he's stuck in a bad part of town. In Night breeze Alma is growing up and wanting to hang out with friends. When a border patrol police stops her demanding identification, her true origins are put to the test. 91 min. DVD 9504

Alambrista! (The Illegal) (1977)
Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillin, Ned Beatty, Jerry Hardin, Julius Harris. After his daughter's birth, Roberto leaves his town in Michoacan to make money in the United States. He's "an illegal," crossing into California and taking work wherever he can: picking strawberries, grapes, lettuce, and cucumbers. He hitchhikes, rides freight trains, and depends on the kindness of strangers. Near Stockton, things look up when a sympathetic waitress gives him a place to live and he gets a better job washing helicopters. But immigration raids are a constant possibility that can end stability. Depicts the harsh realities of Mexican life on both sides of the border. Special feature: Robert Young's 1973 documentary "Children of the fields" (26 min.) ; interviews with the director, composer of the new sound track, and scholars. Director's cut version (c2004) is a restored, resubtitled, rescored and longer version of the motion picture originally produced in 1977. 96 min. DVD X521
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America 101(2005)
Directed by Mark A. Russell. Cast: Miguel Castro, Richard Azurdia, Christine Carlo, Gerald Brodin, Jordi Caballero, Louie Olivos Jr. When two brothers from a small Mexican town decide to cross the border and live the great "American Dream," they get far less than they bargained for. Double-crossed by a smuggler, they find themselves alone in the desert. What follows is a strange and hilarious adventure as they make their way to Tucson, working as day-laborers and sleeping in the park, living as social outcasts. Filled with crazy characters and eye-opening truths. 86 min. DVD 6579
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America, The Encounter(2002)
Directed and edited by José Garrotte. Cast: Oscar Rojas, Mireia Negre, Victor Viveros, Paula Tejeda. Examines the human experience and the individual's struggle for the understanding of his own soul through the eyes of a recently arrived hispanic immigrant and his disillusionment with America. The film communicates its message through poetry, dance, songs and painting. Based on the theatrical play by Oscar Rojas. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 26 min. DVD X7383

American Family. Season one.(TV, 2002)
Created by Gregory Nava. American Family, the first drama series to air on broadcast television featuring a Latino cast, reveals the enduring strength of family in America today as it chronicles the lives of the Gonzalez's, residents of East Los Angeles.Cast: Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Constance Marie, Esai Morales, Raquel Welch, A.J. Lamas, Rachel Ticotin, Austin Marques.

Episodes 1-4. Contents: American family (Pilot) -- The sewing machine -- Crash boom love, parts 1 & 2. Creator/executive producer/director, Gregory Nava. ca. 180 min. 4 episodes of the first season, broadcast on PBS 1/23/02 - 3/27/02. DVD 2142
Episodes 5-8. Contents: La estrella (The star) -- La llorona, parts 1 & 2 -- Circle of fire. 4 episodes of the first season, broadcast on PBS 1/30/02 - 2/27/02. DVD 2143
Episodes 9-12. Mexican revolution -- The forgotten war -- La cama (The bed) -- Citizen Cisco. 4 episodes of the first season, broadcast on PBS 5/1/02 - 5/22/02.DVD 2144
Episodes 13-16. Contents: Silence of God -- The father -- The glass ceiling -- The fighting Fridas. 4 episodes of the first season, broadcast on PBS 5/29/02 - 7/31/02. DVD 2145
Episodes 17-19. Contents: The barbershop -- The masked eagle, parts 1 & 2. 3 episodes of the first season, broadcast on PBS 8/7/02 - 8/21/02. DVD 2146
Episodes 20-22. Contents: The journey, parts 1 & 2 -- La casa (The house). 3 episodes of the first season, broadcast on PBS 8/28/02 - 9/18/02. DVD 2147

American Fusion (2005 )
Directed by Frank Lin. Cast: Esai Morales, Sylvia Chang, Pat Morita, Collin Chou. Yvonne is a divorced middle-aged Chinese immigrant who thinks her life is over, doomed to spend the rest of her days as a slave to her large and eccentric family. Suddenly, romance enters her life and Yvonne gets a long deferred chance for true love. Cultures collide as she falls for the last person a Chinese family would ever accept, Jose, a Mexican-American dentist. A warm-hearted satire of ethnic stereotypes and family relationships providing nonstop laughs. 94 min. DVD X872
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American Me (1992)
Directed by Edward James Olmos. Cast: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Pepe Serna, Evelina Fernandez. Inspired by a true life story, this is the story of a vicious Latino prison gang leader, Santana, who becomes the leader of the Mexican Mafia while in Folsom prison and is doomed by his past to a life of harsh, unforgiving violence after his release from jail. 125 min. DVD 6697 vhs 999:1112
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Amexicano (1994)
Directed by Matthew Bonifacio. Cast: Carmine Famiglietti, Raúl Castillo, Jennifer Peña, Michael Aronov, Manny Perez. When blue-collar Italian-American Bruno loses his job, he finds himself working alongside illegal aliens in the landscaping business. After befriending Ignacio and his wife Gabriela, he develops a respect and admiration for them as they work to improve their lives, but the specter of deportation continues to loom large. 84 min. DVD X5342
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And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994)
Directed by Severo Perez. Cast: José Alcala, Rose Portillo, Marco Rodriquez, Daniel Valdez. "The year is 1952. A Mexican American family is struggling to survive, working as migrant laborers in fields from Texas to Minnesota. The younger son, Marcos, is a sensitive 12-year-old who is forced to confront the ineluctable facts of his life - grinding poverty, back-breaking work, racism, hopelessness. He manages to pull himself out of his miserable life, eventually becoming a professor and author of a landmark work of Chicano literature, "And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him."" (Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Examiner, Sept. 22, 1995). 99 min. DVD X648; vhs 999:1610
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At Home with Desalojos Realtors(2004)
Directed and produced by Yaromil Fong-Olivares. Cast: Belia Mayeno-Sabedra, Nassima Kaddoura. A mock infomercial about the gentrification of San Francisco's Mission District. "Make yourself at home, but don't get too comfortable..." The filmmaker, a Dominican immigrant of Chinese decent, hopes to shed light on the dangers posed by gentrification. 4 min. DVD X7017

Ballad of a Soldier (2002)
Directed by Kinan Valdez. Cast: David Barrera, Maria Candelaria, Luis Valdez, Alma Martinez, Oscar Marillo. Johnny, a 20-year chicano living in rural California spends a last night with his family and friends before shipping out to Vietnam. Based on the play Soldado razo by Luis Valdez. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Based on the play Soldado razo by Luis Valdez. 60 min. vhs 999:3957

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower. On June 12, 1901, Gregorio Cortez, a young Mexican family man, shoots and kills a sheriff in self-defense. For the next 11 days, he eludes an inflamed posse of 600 Texas Rangers in a 450 mile chase across Texas. His manhunt captures the nation's interest and his eventual trial is tainted by the extreme emotions of the country. DVD X1448 [preservation copy]; vhs999:252
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Los Bastardos(Mexico | France | USA, 2008)
Directed by Amat Escalante. Cast: Jesus Moises Rodriguez, Ruben Sosa, Nina Zavarin. Two Mexican day-laborers in Los Angeles, who normally stand on the corner by the home improvement store waiting for work to come, reach their breaking point and take a troubled housewife hostage in her own home. 90 min. DVD X1368
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Bloom, Livia. "Los Bastardos." Film Comment, Jul/Aug2009, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p76-76 UC users only
Decock, Jean. "Los Bastardos." French Review; Feb2009, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p687-692, 6p

A Better Life(2011)
Directed by Chris Weitz. Cast: Demian Bichir, José Julián, Joaquín Cosio, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo. Carlos Galindo, a gardener in East L.A., always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the U.S. But when his wife left him, Carlos's only goal became to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. A story that follows father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American dream. 98 min. DVD X1368
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Cohen, David S. "A Better Life." Script , Jul/Aug2011, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p38-42, 5p UC users only
Haun, Harry. "Sueño Americano." Film Journal International, Jun2011, Vol. 114 Issue 6, p12-15, 4p; UC users only
Kozlowski, Carl "Spotlighting the Undocumented." Progressive; Oct2011, Vol. 75 Issue 10, p38-39, 2p
Toumarkine, Doris. "A Better Life." Film Journal International, Jul2011, Vol. 114 Issue 7, p89-90, 2p UC users only

Big Stakes(1922)
Directed by Clifford S. Elfelt. Cast: J.B. Warner, Elinor Fair. An American cowboy and a Mexican lawman clash over a beautiful woman. A fun ride across the plains of western cinema, which, for 1922, presents a complex look at Mexican and American stereotypes. Adapted from Earl Wayland Bowman's American Magazine story "High stakes" by Frank Howard Clark. 68 min. DVD X1368
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Blasphemy: the Movie (2001)
Directed by John Mendoza. Cast: Carlos Leon, Tony Perez, Irene Olga Lopez, Karmin Murcelo. Set during Christmas, Blasphemy tells the story of what happens when Martin Garcia reveals to his devoutly religious parents that he doesn't believe in God. A chorus of Gods and prophets add to the chaos by commenting as the film unfolds. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 81 min. vhs 999:3908
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The Border (1949)
Directed by Tony Richardson. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Warren Oates. "U.S. Border Patrol agent Charlie Smith just wants to do a good job and provide for his wife. But between her demands for a more affluent lifestyle and the importuning of Charlie's partner Cat to take part in illegal activities in exchange for bribes, Charlie gets caught up in helping smuggle illegal immigrants across the Texas border. When one of them, a young Mexican girl named Maria, loses her baby to abductors who plan to sell the child, Charlie decides to take a stand for her and against the corruption he's fallen into." [IMDB] 107 min. DVD X6822
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Beckhama, Jack M. "Border Policy/Border Cinema: Placing Touch of Evil, The Border, and Traffic in the American Imagination" Journal of Popular Film and Television Volume 33, Issue 3, 2005 UC users only
Fojas, Camilla. "Bordersploitation: Hollywood Border Crossers and Buddy Cops." symploke, Volume 15, Numbers 1-2, 2007, pp. 80-99 UC users only

Border Incident (1949)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya. The Mexico-California border is the power-keg setting for a tale of government agents versus greed and murder. 95 min. DVD 5848
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Auerbach, Jonathan. "Noir Citizenship: Anthony Mann's Border Incident." Cinema Journal. Summer 2008. Vol. 47, Iss. 4; p. 102 (19 pages) UC users only
Basinger, Jeanine. Anthony Mann Twayne Publishers, 1979 (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .M321143; MOFF: PN1998.A3 .M321143)
Darby, William. Anthony Mann : the film career Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.M36 D37 2009)
Smith, Robert E. "Mann in the dark : the films noir of Anthony Mann." In: Film noir reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini. 1st Limelight ed. New York : Limelight Editions, 1996. (MAIN: PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996; PFA : PN1995.9.F54 F57 1996)
Wicking, Christopher; Pattison, Barrie. "Interviews with Anthony Mann." Screen 1969 10: 32-54 UC users only
Willemen, Paul. "Anthony Mann: Looking at the Male." Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, Summer81, Issue UC users only

Borderline (1980)
Directed by Jerrold Freedman. Cast: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Bert Remsen, Michael Lerner, Kenneth McMillan, Ed Harris, John Ashton, A. Wilford Brimley. When Jeb Maynard's best friend is killed by a smuggler bringing illegal immigrants into America from Mexico his only thought is that of revenge. His only clue to the identity of the murderer is that he has an unusual boot print. 99 min. DVD X6838
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Fojas, Camilla. "Bordersploitation: Hollywood Border Crossers and Buddy Cops." symploke, Volume 15, Numbers 1-2, 2007, pp. 80-99 UC users only

Bordertown (2006)
Written and directed by Gregory Nava. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, Maya Zapata, Juan Diego Botto, Sonia Braga. When a young girl is raped and left for dead in Mexico, she enlists the help of an ambitious reporter and a local newspaper owner for help. Soon their own lives are in danger as they try to uncover the terrors on the Juarez, Mexican/American border. Based on true events. Special features: "Exposing the Juarez murders: the making of Bordertown" ; "Dual Injustice," a WITNESS.org documentary short ; "La frontera" a documentary short from exec. producer Barbara Martinez Jitner ; "Make a difference," informaton from Amnesty International and WITNESS.org ; audio commentary by Gregory Nava ; theatrical trailers. 114 min. DVD 9190
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Born in East L.A (1987)
Writer/director, Cheech Marin. Cheech Marin is accidentally deported to Mexico without I.D. or knowledge of Spanish, and can't convince U.S. officials to let him back in. Film follows Cheech's repeated comic attempts to get back home. DVD 1872; vhs 999:1156
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Bread and Roses(UK / France / Germany / Spain / Italy / Switzerland, 2000)
Director Ken Loach. Cast: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo, George Lopez, Alonso Chavez, Monica Rivas. Maya is an illegal alien who has crossed the U.S. border from Mexico to search for her sister Rosa, and to begin a new life. After being reunited, Rosa gets Maya a job with a janitorial service in a large office building. While working, Maya happens upon Sam Shapiro, a muckraking lawyer and union agitator whom the service-workers' union has assigned to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Appalled at the work conditions and unfair labor practices, Maya and Sam team up to fight her employer. 110 min. DVD 5453
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Boundaries (2000)
Directed by Greg Durbin. Cast: María Elena Jorda-Langfeldt, Navid Negahban. Angelica is pursued from Mexico to San Diego by a mute trombonist who pokes her relentlessly in the head with his trombone. At first she hates it, but after three years, she can't live without it. Her saga ends when he abandons her in a most unexpected way. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 19 min. vhs 999:3927
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Break of Dawn (1988)
Written and directed by Isaac Artenstein. Cast: Oscar Chavez, Maria Rojo, Tony Plana, Pepe Serna. Based on the life story of Pedro J. Gonzalez who championed the cause of Mexican-Americans in California during the Depression years and who worked for the reform of the California penal system. 100 min. vhs 999:1758
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The Captain from Castille (1947)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, John Sutton, Lee J. Cobb, Antonio Moreno, Thomas Gomez. Forced to flee his home during the Spanish Inquisition, nobleman Pedro De Vargas escapes with a beautiful peasant girl and joins Cortez on his dangerous expedition to conquer Mexico. As the young couple fall deeply in love, Pedro's great courage brings his leader honor and glory, even as an evil officer threatens the success of the entire expedition. Notable for deft swordplay and thrilling battle sequences. 141 min. DVD 8300
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Cargo(2007)
Directed by Jen Harrington. Cast: Adriana Solis, Cesar Giraldo, Jose Chaparro, Jessica Amariles, Andre Bauth. Hidden inside a shipping container on a boat headed to the United States, eight Colombian strangers wait for days in the dark to reach their destination. But, a dangerous journey takes a frightening turn when one woman makes a shocking discovery. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 14 min. DVD X7369
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Cargo Truck (Camión de carga) (2007)
Directed by Juan Sebastian Jacome. Cast: Dolores Maldonado, Kevin Martínez, Antonio Barrera. An ill Central American single mother trying to immigrate to the U.S. by hiding in a truck risks her life in order to give her son a stable future in the United States. 9 min. DVD X6961
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Carnival of Souls (2007)
Directed by Edgar Arce. Cast: Jonathan Dane, Luis de Amechazurra, Richard C. Hawkes. A young Latino man must deal with a family tragedy as well as the lives of the people around him. 2008. 15 min. DVD X6988
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Chico and the Man. (TV)
Cast: Freddie Prinze, Jack Albertson, Della Reese, Scatman Crothers. Ed Brown was a cantankerous old widower who owned and operated a small filling station in Los Angeles. He hired a fast-talking, cheery young Chicano, Chico Rodriguez, to help him run the place. Since Chico also lived in the garage, the two were always together, and when they weren't bickering between themselves, they came to a greater understanding of each other's generation and culture. They even learned to love each other. Pilot [episode] -- If I Were a Rich Man -- Chico and the Van -- Chico's Padre -- Ed Talks to God -- Chico's Cousin Pepe. Originally produced for television between 1974 and 1978. 150 min. DVD 4444

The Cisco Kid. Vol. 1, Quarterhorse (1950). The Postmaster (1956).
"Here's adventure! Here's romance! Here's O. Henry's famous Robin Hood of the Old West." Here's typical, sappy, "Frito Bandito" stereotyping from 1950's TV! Starring Duncan Ronaldo and Leo Carillo (as befuddled sidekick Pancho). In this first television series to be produced in color, The Cisco Kid as the "Robin Hood of the Old West", stops treachery with incredible stunts and ingenuity with help from his sidekick, Pancho. In Quarterhouse Cisco recovers a valuable stolen racing horse. In The Postmaster a U.S. postal inspector who is investigating robberies is murdered and Cisco must unravel a mystery to apprehend the killer. Starring Leo Carrillo, Duncan Renaldo, Virginia Herrick, Tris Coffin (1st work). Leo Carrillo, Duncan Renaldo, Maris Wrixon, Edward Keane (2nd work). Segments from a television program originally produced 1950-1956. DVD 9645; vhs 999:1354

Foster, David William. "Of Gay Caballeros and Other Noble Heroes." Bilingual Review; 2008, Vol. 29 Issue 2/3, p23-44, 22p UC users only
Keller, Gary D. "Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and the Cisco Kid Cycle." Bilingual Review, sep2004-dec2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p195-231, 37p UC users only
Moore, Barbara. "The Cisco Kid and Friends: The Syndication of Television Series from 1948 to 1952." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Spring80, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p26-33, 8p

The Cisco Kid
Cast: Duncan Renaldo (Cisco Kid), Leo Carrillo. The Cisco Kid was well known to audiences from numerous films long before the television series. The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho traveled the old west in the grand tradition of righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they found it, ending each episode with the exclamations, "Hey, Poncho, Hey, Cisco!". Segment from a television program originally produced 1950-1956. DVD 9645

Foster, David William. "Of Gay Caballeros and Other Noble Heroes." Bilingual Review; 2008, Vol. 29 Issue 2/3, p23-44, 22p UC users only
Keller, Gary D. "Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and the Cisco Kid Cycle." Bilingual Review, sep2004-dec2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p195-231, 37p UC users only
Moore, Barbara. "The Cisco Kid and Friends: The Syndication of Television Series from 1948 to 1952." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Spring80, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p26-33, 8p

La Ciudad (The City) (1998)
Directed by David Riker. Filmed through intensive collaboration with the New York Latino immigrant community over a five-year period, La Ciudad tells four stories about recently arrived illegal immigrants from Mexico and Latin America to New York City weaving a rich narrative tapestry of present day immigrant life. The film's four stories center on a group of day-laborers scavenging for bricks; two teenagers from the same hometown who meet in the projects and fall in love; a homeless father who tries to enroll his daughter in school; and a garment worker who seeks justice in the sweatshops. 88 min. DVD 4833; vhs 999:2755
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Colors (1988)
Directed by Dennis Hopper. Cast: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks. Two L.A. cops, one a veteran and one a rookie, try to bring peace to the war raging on the streets of Los Angeles. 127 min. DVD 6729; vhs 999:1156
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Coyote (USA | Mexico, 2007)
Directed by Brian Petersen. Cast: Brian Petersen, Brett Spackman, Carley Adams. Two best friends stumble into an opportunity when a Mexican pal, recently deported, needs their help to get back across the border. The guys see it as a chance to corner the market by smuggling illegal immigrants into the country. 95 min. DVD X6968
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Crash (2004)
Directed by Paul Haggis. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate. A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles in this provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. 113 min. DVD 4298
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Crossing Numbers(2007)
Directed by Abel Gonzalez. Cast: Stephan Early, Pedro Pano, Merlin Froyd. What if the US Border Patrol and the Mexican Police find the corpse of an illegal alien lying right on the border line? Who would take the case? Based on true events, this dark comedy examines the indifference of the institutions towards the humanitarian crisis on the US/Mexican Border. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 12 min. DVD X6954
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Crossing Over (2009)
Directed by Wayne Kramer. Cast: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Alice Braga, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis. An immigration officer must protect the U.S. border in Los Angeles from those trying to pursue the American Dream, as those around him try to break the rules by fraud, blackmail, and work-site enforcement. 113 min. DVD X4181
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Crossover Dreams (1985)
Directed by León Ichaso. Cast: Rubén Blades, Shawn Elliot, Elizabeth Peña, Tom Signorelli, Frank Robles. A bittersweet comedy about a Slasa singer who strives to cross-over into the pop music mainstream. He shafts everyone he meets on his way to the top but when his latest record flops, his career starts going downhill. 85 min. DVD X6382; vhs 999:2575
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Georgakas, Dan. "Crossover Dreams." Cineaste; 1986, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p59-59,
Willis, Sharon. "Race on the Road: Crossover Dreams." In: The road movie book / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. London ; New York : Routledge, 1997. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.R63 R63 1997)

A Day Without a Mexican (USA / Mexico / Spain, 2004)
Directed by Sergio Arau. Cast: Yarelli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, Eduardo Palomo. California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 million is their Hispanic heritage. Special features: the making-of 'A day without a Mexican'; filmmaker commentary; music video "Frijoleros" by Molatov; outtakes; music video "Sin decir adios" by Los Yoguis; the original short that inspired the film; original theatrical trailers & TV spots. Based on "A day without a Mexican, a mockumentary" by Yarelli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau. 95 min. DVD 3148
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Marambio, John L.; Tew, Chad. "Clash in Paradise: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of A Day Without a Mexican." The Journal of American Culture. Dec 2006. Vol. 29, Iss. 4; p. 475 (18 pages)UC users only
Slaughter, Stephany. "(In)visibilities, (De)humanizations and Globalizations: The Migrant Body in Border Film of the 2000s." FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research; Jul2010, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p93-123, 30p

Desperado (1995)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Joaquim de Almeida, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin, Quentin Tarantino. In this sequel to the film El Mariachi a mysterious mariachi player seeks vengeance against the men who murdered his girlfriend. 104 min. DVD 3937
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Diez (2005)
Directed by Immanuel Martin. Cast: Ben Soriano, Juana Samayoa, Ali Allie, Sonja Starkovich, Araceli Gonzalez. 'Diez' follows the story of Luis, a hard working Mexican immigrant in San Francisco's Mission District. When Luis finds a rare and expensive Eames chair for ten dollars at a yard sale, his world intersects with that of the chair. In a neighborhood where people struggle to make a living, Luis must decide what he should do with the chair. 'Diez' shows the many different realities that exist the same neighborhood and the contrasting values that accompany them. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 20 min. DVD X3720
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Down Argentine Way (1940)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, J. Carroll Naish, Henry Stephenson, Katharine (Kay) Aldridge, Leonid Kinskey, Chris-Pin Martin, Nicholas Brothers. A musical romance about Glenda, a rich New Yorker who collects fine horses and Ricardo, an Argentine rancher renowned for his prize jumpers. Their families have been feuding for years so they have to conduct a Romeo and Juliet romance. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by film historian Sylvia Stoddard; featurette "Betty Grable: behind the pin-up"; photo gallery; 4 lobby cards; theatrical trailer; trailer for Betty Grable film "The Dolly sisters." 88 min. DVD 7485
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
O'Nell, Brian. "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame and Bananas." In: Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community / edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 L36245 2005; Chicano Studies HQ1050 .L287 2005) USE ONLY
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Swanson, Philip. "Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining América in Hollywood Movies of the 1930s and 1940s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jan2010, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p71-84, 14p; UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

Duel in the Sun (1946)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore, Herbert Marshall, Lillian Gish, Walter Huston, Charles Bickford. When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chevez (Jennifer Jones!) goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator, and with lustful interest from womanising unruly younger brother Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt. 131 min. DVD 6689
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East of Hope Street (1998)
Directed by Nate Thomas. Cast: Jade Herrera, Roxanne Coyne, Asanio Lara, Greer Bohanon, Magda Rivera, Tim Russ. 15 year old Alicia Montalvo (Herrera) escapes the civil violence in her native El Salvador to live in Los Angeles with her younger brother and crack addicted aunt. Alicia is caught up in the L.A. foster care system where everything that possibly could go wrong, does. Based on true events. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 82 min. vhs 999:3958
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El Mariachi(Mexico / USA, 1992)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez, 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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El Norte (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. DVD 4594; vhs 999:268
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Gregory Nava (Indepependent View) - interview about the making of this film. Video/C MM102

El primo
Directed by Nick Oceano. Cast: Daniel Martin, Manny Montana. Mark, a sheltered teenager, reunites with his tough older cousin Luis, who lives on the rough side of Laredo. Luis decides to break Mark out of his shell by taking him for a night out. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 16 min. DVD X4042
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El Súper (1979)
Directed by L. Ichaso. & Orlando Jimenez-Leal. 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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English as a Second Language (ESL) (2005)
Directed by Youssef Delara. Cast: Kuno Becker, Danielle Camastra, Treva Etienne, Efrain Figueroa, Harold Gould, Sal Lopez, Lillian Hurst, John Michael Higgins, Maria Conchita Alonso. A stranger in a strange land, Bolivar De La Cruz has just crossed the border from Mexico in search of a better life. In contrast, restless, club-hopping second-generation immigrant Lola has the American Dream at her fingertips but feels like a stranger in her own life, forever caught between appeasing her old-world mother and following her heart. On the surface, despite their shared ethnic heritage, Bolivar and Lola have little in common. But when their lives unexpectedly and violently intersect, these two people from very different sides of the same culture find themselves on a collision course with events that will charnge their lives forever. 105 min. DVD 9626
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Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rip Torn, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe, Matt Mulhern, Larry B. Scott, Dan Tullis Jr., John Dennis Johnston, James Lashly, Marco Rodriguez, Luis Contreras, Carlos Cervantes, Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr. El Paso based Texas Ranger Jack Benteen is intent on trying to control the drug trade, and the means breaking up the drug cartel run by his old friend Cash Bailey across the border in Mexico. His girl Sarita has tired of life with him, and returned to her former lover--Cash. Cash's cohorts have killed a local sheriff, and an unofficial, top-secret cadre of American combat veterans (apparently working for the CIA) has arrived to muddy the waters. Are they after Cash, too, or just his cash? A shootout at Cash's Mexican fortress seems inevitable, but who will be there, and on which side? 104 min. DVD X6171
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Fojas, Camilla. "The 'Narc' in All of Us: Border Media and the War on Drugs: Border Media and the War on Drugs." In: Border bandits : Hollywood on the southern frontier / Camilla Fojas. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2008. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Chicano Studies PN1995.9.M48 F762 2008)

Flashpoint (1984)
Directed by William Tannen. Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams, Rip Torn, Tess Harper. Bob Logan and Ernie Wyatt, members of the US Border Patrol in south Texas, unearth the remains of a man buried at the wheel of a jeep in the desert with a box containing $800,000 in cash and two phone numbers. One number is traced to a person in Washington, D.C., while the other dates back twenty years as the number of the Dallas Police Dept. The patrolmen have unwittingly uncovered a conspiracy surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They race against time and an unknown enemy, fighting to stay alive to expose those involved in the assassination. Based on the novel by George La Fountaine. 95 min. DVD X6829
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Fojas, Camilla. "Bordersploitation: Hollywood Border Crossers and Buddy Cops." symploke, Volume 15, Numbers 1-2, 2007, pp. 80-99 UC users only

Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Delores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien. This film, containing the first of many Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers partnerships, concerns a troupe of entertainers stranded in Rio. Songs include "The Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight," and the title song. Notable for a brilliantly photographed finale with chorus girls on the wings of flying airplanes, the movie was the musical that broke with the rather contrived Busby Berkeley productions and moved toward a closer integration of musical and narrative elements. Astaire's dance numbers come not as interruptions but as extensions of the plot. Special features: Vintage comedy short: Beer and pretzels with Ted Healy and his Stooges; Classic cartoon: I like mountain music 89 min. DVD 6713
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Hershfield, Joanne. "Dolores del Río, Uncomfortably Real: The Economics of Race in Hollywood's Latin American Musicals." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 C59 2001)
Hershfield, Joanne. The invention of Dolores del Río / Joanne Hershfield. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000.
Hershfield, Joanne. Invention of Dolores Del Río University of Minnesota Press, 2000 (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2318.D4 H47 2000; Chicano Studies PN2318.D4 H38 2000)
Swanson, Philip. "Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining América in Hollywood Movies of the 1930s and 1940s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jan2010, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p71-84, 14p; UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

The Fragility of Seconds (La fragilidad de los segundos)(2007)
Directed by Matthew Stephen Tompkins and Julio Cesar Cedillo. Cast: Matthew Stephen Tompkins, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Chuck Huber, Francisco Rojero. Its only three days until the border town citizens of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico fill the streets for the annual revolution parade in honor of Mexico's favorite son, Pancho Villa. Three men, strangers to each other, arrive on the eve of the celebration; one to collect his sister Elena and her child; an FBI agent turned reclusive burnout, looking to disappear; and a grifter just released from the Ojinaga prison. In a matter of seconds, a horrific event shatters everything, and the three men are brought together by destiny. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 108 min. DVD X5937
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Frida (USA / Canada / Mexico, 2002)
Directed by Julie Taymor. Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees, Diego Luna, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas. A dramatization of the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from her humble upbringing to the worldwide fame and controversy that surrounded both her and her husband, Diego Rivera. 122 min. DVD 1712
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Frida (Frida, naturaleza viva) (Mexico, 1984)
Directed by Paul Leduc. Cast: Ofelia Medina, Juan Jose 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. 1989. 108 min. Video/C 2944
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Lynd, Juliet. Art and Politics in Paul Leduc's Frida: Naturaleza viva. RLA: Romance Languages Annual. 10 (2): 696-702. 1998.

From Mexico With Love (2009)
Directed by Jimmy Nickerson. Cast: Kuno Becker, Steven Bauer, Stephen Lang, Alex Nesic, Danay Garcia, Bruce McGill. Hector Villa, migrant farm worker by day and a part-time prizefighter by night, struggles for a better life for himself and his ailing mother. When Hector discovers their rich rancher boss has slashed his mother's salary, he pays the ultimate price for brawling with the boss' thugs: a one-way ticket back over the Mexican border. Beaten up and jobless, Hector joins forces with an old-school trainer and sets his sights on the rancher's boxer son for the ultimate showdown. 97 min. DVD X5950
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From Prada to Nada (2010)
Directed by Angel Gracia. Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D'Agosto, April Bowlby, Kuno Becker, Adriana Barraza. A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility. 106 min. DVD X6069
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The Gay Desperado (1936)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Nino Martini, Ida Lupino, Leo Carrillo, James Blakeley, Harold Huber, Mischa Auer. In this musical spoof lampooning gangster films a genial Mexican bandit gets nowhere until he and his amigos begin studying gangster techniques in Hollywood movies. Selecting kidnapping as his crime of choice, he snatches Chivo, an opera star and Jane, a troublesome heiress. He hopes to extract a huge ransom for the heiress's return, but Jane is more trouble than she's worth. All ends happily when the bandit engineers a romance between Chivo and Jane. 87 min. DVD X4329
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George Lopez(TV)
Cast: George Lopez, Constance Marie, Valente Rodriguez, Masiela Lusha, Luis Armand Garcia, Belita Moreno. SEE TV videography

Giant (1956)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Sal Mineo, Dennis Hopper, Judith Evelyn, Paul Fix. Bick Benedict, his society-gilded wife and three generations of land-rich Texas sons and daughters love, swagger, connive and clash in a monumental drama of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly-rich oil tycoons. A major subplot concerns the racism against Mexican Americans in Texas. When the movie starts, Bick and Luz are racist towards the Mexicans who work on their ranch, which upsets Leslie. By the end of the movie, though, Bick realizes the wrongs of racism and defends his daughter-in-law and grandson, Juana and Jordan Benedict IV respectively, and earns Leslie's respect. Another subplot involves the liberation and striving for equal respect of women, as embodied in Leslie's defiance in having her beliefs controlled by Bick, precipitating her separating from him for a spell. Special features: Disc 1. Feature-length audio commentary by film critic Stephen Farber, screenwriter Ivan Moffat and George Stevens Jr., introduction by George Stevens Jr.; documentary "George Stevens : filmmakers who knew him"; scene access. Disc 2. Documentaries "Memories of Giant" and "Return to Giant", in which cast, crew and Texans spin small and tall tales about the film's legacy; New York premiere TV special Hollywood premiere featurette; project kickoff newsreel; behind the cameras segments; original/reissue theatrical trailers; extensive production notes; production stills and documents galleries; director filmography; awards notes; documentary; scene access. 201 min. DVD 4134
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Girlfight (2000)
Director, Karyn Kusama. Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Jamie Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas. Diana Guzman is always fighting, whether at home in the housing projects with her abusive dad or at high school. She finds a new outlet for her anger at her brother's boxing gym. With hard-core training from veteran boxing coach Hector, Diana learns she has the guts and talent to be a contender. 110 min. DVD X891
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Awards
Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work
Cannes Film Festival - Award of the Youth / Foreign Film

Gordo (2006)
Directed by Vince Navarro. Cast: Harold Cannon, Hannah Cordero, Cesar Deniz. Jorge 'Gordo' Fuentes, a hard-working, gifted taco maker from Mexico leaves his wildly popular taco stand and travels to America where he hopes to establish a successful Mexican restaurant in order to earn enough money to bring his family up north. Gordo arrives in California where he stays with his cousin Joel who recognizes Gordo's taco talent and lands him a job at the local franchise of Cinco de Taco, a national food chain. Appalled at how the chain makes tacos, Gordo sneaks his own ingredients into the fast food restaurant and prepares tacos the way he did in Mexico... 26 min. DVD X6989
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Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)
Directed by Joseph Vasquez. Cast: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo, Nestor Serrano. Four Bronx buddies head to Manhattan for a wild night on the town that takes them from an uptown house party to an exclusive downtown nightclub, from peep show to police station, and finally to a latenight controntation in this urban comedy. 89 min. DVD X7119; vhs 999:1317
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Havoc (2005)
Director, Barbara Kopple. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, Michael Biehn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matt O'Leary, Freddy Rodríguez, Laura San Giacomo, Mike Vogel. A group of wealthy Los Angeles teenagers try to become part of the 'gangsta' lifestyle but soon run into trouble when they come face to face with a real gang of Latino drug dealers. 85 min. DVD 6731
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Heroes from Another Country (Héroes de otra patria) (Puerto Rico, 1998)
Director, Ivan Dariel Ortiz. An emotional drama about Puerto Rican soldiers in the Vietnam War told through the interconnected stories of Carlos and Raul, a Puerto Rican draftee and his volunteer sargeant; of Carlos' mother and sister in Puerto Rico; and of Esteban, a fellow soldier whose tour of duty ends permitting him to return to Puerto Rico. 83 min. DVD 2708
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I Am Joaquin (Yo Soy Joaquin) (1969)
Produced by El Teatro Campesino A dramatization of the Chicano poem of the same title by Rodolpho "Corky" Gonzales about the Mexican-American experience from Cortes to the current farm workers' struggle, emphasizing the problems of the of the oppressed and exploited Mexicans. 19 min. Video/C 4202

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Martinez, Eliud. "I Am Joaquin as Poem and Film: Two Modes of Chicano Expression." Journal of Popular Culture, Bowling Green, vol. 13. 1980. pp: 505-15.

Images of Chicanos in Film.
A symposium about Mexican Americans in motion pictures. produced by KOA-TV. Boulder, CO : KOA-TV, [198-?]. Video/C 2172

Juarez (1939)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains, John Garfield, Donald Crisp, Joseph Calleia, Gale Sondergaard, Gilbert Roland, Henry O'Neill. A dramatizated account of the triumphant resistance of President Benito Juarez and his followers against the attempt by Louis Napoleon to install Maximillian von Hapsburg as Emperor of Mexico. 123 min. DVD X4805; vhs 999:2832
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Elsaesser, Thomas. "Film history as social history: The Dieterle/Warner Brothers bio-pic." Wide Angle Vol VIII nr 2 (1986); p 15-31
Maland, Charles. "Movies and American Culture in the Annus Mirabilis: A Closer Look: Stagecoach and Juarez." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Robé, Chris. "Taking Hollywood Back: The Historical Costume Drama, the Biopic, and Popular Front U.S. Film Criticism: The French Resistance: William Dieterle: Left Superstar." Cinema Journal 48, Number 2, Winter 2009 UC users only
von Dassanowsky, Robert. "Maximilian and Juárez in 1939: Dieterle's Juarez as Mitteleuropa Metaphor." Central Europe, Nov2005, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p143-150, 8p UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "The Dilemma of Juarez." Film & History, Feb1975, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p15-18, 4p UC users only

Huston, John. Juárez / edited with an introduction by Paul J. Vanderwood. Madison, Wis. : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1983 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.J76 .H8 1983)

Killer Snake (2004)
Directed by Elpidia Carrillo. Cast: Julie Carmen, Elpidia Carrillo,Tricia Cruz, Erlinda Orozco, Tom Todoroff. Trapped in a Hollywood bubble, Latina actresses find themselves in a world of competition and despair. They religiously perform their rituals of exercise and dedication to beauty, each struggling with age, weight and the loneliness of Los Angeles. 25 min. DVD DVD X7356
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La Bamba (1986)
Writer-director, Luis Valdez. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosana De Soto, Elizabeth Pena, Joe Pantoliano.The man, the myth, and the music that brought America to its feet and catapulted 17 year-old Ritchie Valens to rock 'n' roll stardom live again. 103 min. DVD 6696
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La Mission (2009)
Directed by Peter Bratt. Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jesse Borrego, Talisa Soto Bratt. Che gets by on his macho persona, but lives for the love of his son Jesse. When he discovers that Jesse has been living a secret life, Che reacts violently and is forced to examine his actions and the life he lives. Powerful and challenging, a moving portrayal of redemption and fatherhood. 116 min. DVD X5005
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Lake Tahoe (2008)
Director, Fernando Eimbcke. Cast: Diego Cataño, Héctor Herrera, Daniela Valentine, Juan Carlos Lara. After crashing the family car, teen-age Juan walks the streets all day searching for someone to help fix it. He meets an elderly mechanic whose only companion is a boxer dog, a young mother who wants to sing in a punk band, and a teenage mechanic who loves martial arts and Kung Fu philosophy. As the day drags on, it is revealed that the sadness and silence in Juan's family is due to the death of his father. 81 min. DVD X5339
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Latino Hollywood.
Latinos have contributed to the American film industry since its earliest days. During the silent and early talkie era, Latinos were almost always stereotyped as tempestuous lovers, bandidos, or cantina girls. This program remembers many of the early Latino actors and actresses and examines some of the stereotypical roles they portrayed. Mexican American Studies and Research Center, University of Arizona, 1994. 31 min. Video/C 4628

Latino Hollywood. Part II
1940's-1950s: All American stereotype and social realism -- 1960's-1970's: Criminality or invisibility -- 1980's: Chicano films, updated stereotyping and tokenism -- 1990's: Cross over dreams, new Latino filmmakers. Program looks at the history and image of the Latino and Latina in Hollywoood films from the 1940s through the mid-1990s. Also reviews the roles Latino actors and actresses were given to play in popular films during this period and examines the few social realist films of the period. It then charts the gradual shift in the 70's and 80's from the Latino stereotypical image to the growth of independent Latino filmmaking and the "crossover" films of the 80's and 90's. 1996. 18 min. Video/C 5109

Little Pancho Vanilla (1938)
Animated short. Director: Frank Tashlin. Little Pancho Vanilla dreams of becoming a bullfighter, but his mother tells him that's impossible. The greatest bullfighter in Mexico, Don Jose, is coming to town; Pancho tells the local women he's better, so he goes to the amateur tryout, but he gets thrown out because he's so small. The bull quickly disposes of the other amateurs, sending one over the fence, where he catapults Pancho into the ring right on top of the bull, knocking out the bull to great acclaim from the crowd. DVD 8517
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Lone Star (1996)
Directed by John Sayles. Cast: Ron Canada, Chris Cooper, Clifton James, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Frances McDormand, Joe Morton, Elizabeth Pena. John Sayles' murder-mystery explores interpersonal and interracial tensions in Rio County, Texas. Sam Deeds is the local sheriff who is called to investigate a 40-year-old skeleton found in the desert... As Sam delves deeper into the town's dark secrets, he begins to learn more about his father, the legendary former sheriff Buddy Deeds, who replaced the corrupt Charlie Wade. While Sam puzzles out the long-past events surrounding the mystery corpse, he also longs to rekindle a romance with his old high-school flame. Sayles' complex characters are brought together as the tightly woven plot finally draws to its dramatic close [Internet Movie Database]. 135 min. DVD 2519; vhs 999:1660
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Machete (2010)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Tom Savini, Sabara. Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name: Machete. Based on the fake trailer Rodriguez made for inclusion in the movie Grindhouse. 105 min. DVD X5220
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Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Tyler Garcia Posey, Frances Conroy, Chris Eigeman, Amy Sedaris, Bob Hoskins. A struggling single mom takes a job as a chambermaid at a luxury hotel in New York. She meets and falls in love with a sauve and sophisticated heir to an American political dynasty, who mistakes her for a society woman. When her real identity is revealed, the reality about their seperate lives sets in. 105 min. DVD 2885
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Knadler, Stephen. "'Blanca from the Block': Whiteness and the Transnational Latina Body." Genders, vol. 41, pp. 37 paragraphs, 2005
Leyland, Matthew "Maid in Manhattan" Sight and Sound 13:3 (March 2003) p. 52-53 UC users only
Negra, Diane. "Structural Integrity, Historical Reversion, And The Post-9/11 Chick Flick." Feminist Media Studies; Mar2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p51-68, 18p UC users only
Rios, Diana J.; Reyes, Xae Alicia "Jennifer Lopez and a Hollywood Latina Romance: Mythic Motifs in Maid in Manhattan." In: Critical thinking about Sex, love, and romance in the mass media : media literacy applications / edited by Mary-Lou Galician, Debra L. Merskin. Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ801 .C7397 2007)

Manito (2002)
Written & directed by Eric Eason. Cast: Franky G., Leo Minaya, Manuel Cabral, Julissa Lopez, Jessica Morales, Hector Gonzalez, Panchito Gomez. Portrays 48 tense hours in the lives of a Latino family in the Washington Heights section of New York City, especially the relationship between two second-generation Dominican brothers. 77 min. DVD 1908
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El Matador (2003)
Directed by Joey Medina. Cast: Andrew Aybar, Ismael "East" Carlo, Robert Wolfskill, Ada Luz Pla, Sheila Korsi, Corey Miguel Corties, Gabriel Iglesias, Alex Reymundo, Joey Medina, Marty Klebba; special appearance by Paul Rodriguez. Tells the story of a Mexican-American pizza delivery boy who decides to pursue his family's centuries-old tradition of becoming a matador. But first he must defeat a local, flamboyant loan shark, El Joto, who for payment from his father's past debt has taken the family heirloom -- a pair of bronzed bull balls. 74 min. DVD 2754
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Mexican Dream (Mexico, 2007)
Directed by David Michán . Cast: Tizoc Arroyo, Cecilia Constantino, Jorge de los Reyes When Juan Pérez tries to cross the border into Arizona, he is attacked and seriously wounded by a group of Minutemen. Years later, he is working as a night guard in an underground parking lot, hoping to return to his home in Guerrero to see his family-- but he is constantly tormented by memories of his past and a series of strange events that will make him realize that his life is a nightmare. 30 min. DVD X7019
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Mexican Spitfire series (Lupe Vélez)

Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

The Girl From Mexico (1939)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Donald Woods, Leon Errol, Linda Hayes, Donald McBride. In the first entry of a long-running series for RKO, Carmelita Fuentes is a fiery-Latin singer/dancer in Mexico City who has designs on Dennis Lindsay, an American publicity agent. Lindsay's shiftless uncle aids and abets her every step of the way to the marriage altar. 71 min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire (1940)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Donald Woods, Linda Hayes, Elisabeth Risdon, Cecil Kellaway, Charles Coleman. Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to break up their marriage. 67 min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, ZaSu Pitts, Elisabeth Risdon. The Lindsay's are on a ship to Hawaii for their delayed second honeymoon. Unknown to Carmelita, Dennis is using the trip to secure a contract with Mr. Baldwin. The Baldwins are social climbers that will do business with Lindsay if they can meet Lord Epping. Of course, trouble brews when Uncle Matt pretends to be Lord Epping and Fifi pretends to be Mrs. Lindsay. 75 min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire Out West(1940)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Donald Woods. Dennis heads west to work on an important business deal minus the Mexican Spitfire, Carmelita. His hot-tempered spouse decides to surprise him, but ends up as the surprised one when she sees him with another woman. Instead of a second honeymoon, Carmelita begins divorce proceedings. 76 min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Yarn ... revolves about Lord Epping's need for new capital. The FitzPattens, brother and sister, due to arrive in America on a visit, are interested, but Lord Epping goes hunting moose in Canada and leaves it all to his partner, Buddy Rogers. In order to keep the FitzPattens from going away in a huff, Errol, Rogers' uncle, impersonates the knight errant. 65min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire's Baby(1941)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, ZaSu Pitts, Elisabeth Risdon, Fritz Feld. Carmelita and Dennis decide to acquire a French war baby. Uncle Matt wants to help but unfortunately, he does not state which war and the "orphan" turns out to be from WWI ... Fifi who is in her twenties. More trouble brews when Fifi's boyfriend Pierre comes looking for her. 69 min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event(1943)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Walter Reed, Elisabeth Risdon. Dennis mistakenly believes Carmelita is going to have a baby. Little does he know that the blessed event is her cat's new kittens. 63 min. DVD X6047
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Mexican Spitfire's Elephant(1942)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Walter Reed, Elisabeth Risdon. A pair of shipboard smugglers have a large diamond hidden inside a small elephant statuette, which they plant on absentminded Lord Epping to get it past customs. Now, his lordship is visiting Uncle Matt Lindsay who looks just like him. Thanks to flirtatious Diana's efforts to get the elephant back, the comic confusion proliferates, with 'spitfire' Carmelita (now a blonde) playing a prominent part. 64 min. DVD X6047
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Mi Familia (My Family) (1995)
Directed by Gregory Nava. Starring Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Eduardo Lopez Rojas, Jenny Gago, Elpidia Carrillo, Lupe Ontiveros, Jacob Vargas, Jennifer Lopez, Maria Canals, Leon Singer, Michael D. Lorenzo, Jonathan Hernandez, Constance Marie. Narrator: Edward James Olmos. A powerful, three-generation epic saga of the Sanchez family as told by the eldest son. From the very beginnings of his father's told by the eldest son. From the very beginnings of his father's adventurous journey from Mexico to California in the 1920s, to his brother Chucho's tragic rebellion of the 1950s, to the stark realities of modern day, the struggle to live the American dream is sometimes darkened but never diminished. DVD 7685
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Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1994)
Directed by Allison Anders. Cast: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas, Panchito Gomez, Jesse Borrego. The members of rival Latino gangs in Los Angeles are feuding, and the girl friends are trying to stay out of the struggle for power and survive. 96 min. DVD 6698; vhs 999:1334
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Milagro Beanfield Wars (1988)
Produced and directed by Robert Redford. Cast: Ruben Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen, James Gammon, Melanie Griffith, John Heard, Carlos Riquelme, Daniel Stern, Christopher Walken, Chick Vennera. When a Chicano handyman from the Milagro Valley decides to irrigate his small beanfield by "borrowing" some water from a large and potentially destructive site, he unknowingly sets off a chain reaction that erupts into a humorous culture clash. The developers then try to stamp out the modest plantings, forcing the handyman's friends to team up with the spirited rebel to protect and preserve their way of life. Based on the novel by John Treadwell Nichols (Moffitt PS3564.I274.M5; Main Stack PS3564.Ni274.M5) 118 min. DVD X3410; vhs 999:270
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Cosandaey, Mikelle. "Combining Entertainment and Education: An Interview with Robert Redford." Cineaste. 16(1-2):8-12. 1987-1988

A Million to Juan (1993)
Directed by Paul Rodriguez. Cast: Paul Rodriguez, Ruben Blades, Polly Draper, Gerardo, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana, Paul Williams, Pepe Serna. Juan Lopez struggles to make an honest living and raise his son in the Los Angeles barrio. Threatened with deportation, dumped by his girlfriend and faced with losing his home, Juan seems unable to get a break when, suddenly, a mysterious stranger hands him a million-dollar check, with instructions that he must return it in one month. Based on the story "Million pound bank note" by Mark Twain and characters inspired by Paul Rodriguez. 97 min. DVD X1492
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Nueba Yol (Dominican Republic, 1995)
Directed by Angel Muñiz. 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 (Dominican Republic, 1997)
Directed by Angel Muñiz. Cast: Luisito Marti, Caridad Ravelo, Raul Carbonell, Rafael Villalona, Joel Garcia, Alfonso Zayas, Rosalba Rolon, Bersaida Vega. Nueba yol: Balbuena, the main character reflects the eternal fight to reach "USland" thinking that in this soil everybody will be "rich", and then, he can go back to the Dominican Republic wrapped with dollars. Nueba yo 3: Laugh watching this good natured immigrant Balbuena continue to struggle for the American dream in the Big Apple. 117 min. DVD X4826
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On the Downlow (2004)
Directed by Tadeo Garcia. Cast: Tony Sancho, Michael Cortez, Donato Cruz, Jimmy Borras, Carmen Cenko, Felipe Camacho. Loyalty and allegiance clash with desire in this gritty, real, and provocative film, set in the violent world of warring Latino gangs on Chicago's Southside. When Angel defects from his gang to join his secret lover, Isaac, in his rival gang, tensions explode as Isaac is ordered to kill Angel. Special features: "The lowdown on The downlow" the making-of documentary; On the downlow audio commentary by director Tadeo Garcia and screenwriter Roger B. Domian; "Reaper" music video performed by Deadlee; original short film "Broken Warning" on which the feature was based. 84 min. DVD X1642
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp. A corrupt CIA agent forces El Mariachi out of hiding to help sabotage an assassination attempt on the president of Mexico by an evil cartel kingpin. El Mariachi has his own reason for helping - he is doing it for revenge. Special features: Robert Rodriquez audio commentary; deleted scenes; Film is dead : an evening with Robert Rodriguez; Ten-minute film school; Ten-minute cooking school; Inside Troublemaker Studios; The anti-hero's journey; The good, the bad and the bloody : Inside KNB FX. 102 min. DVD 9191
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Padre Nuestro (Sangre de mi sangre) (USA | Argentina, 2007)
Directed by Christopher Zalla. Cast: Jesus Ochoa, Armando Hernandez, Jorge Adrian Espindola, Eugenio Derbez, Paola Mendoza. A young man travelling to New York City from Mexico to search for his father is robbed of his identity by another man that travelled with him, in the hopes of claiming the man's wealthy father as his own. 111 min. DVD X4890
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Awards
Sundance Festival: Best Dramatic Work

Paletas (2007)
Directed by George Damian. Cast: Anthony Garibai, Yvanne Castañeda. Carlos is a "paletero" (popsicle man) who encounters mischievous children and a gorgeous señorita as he pushes his heavy cart through the streets and hills of San Diego. 8 min. DVD X7022
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The Party Line
Written, produced and directed by Mario Barrera. Relationships in the Mexican American culture are highlighted in this drama about Mexican American young people who renew a high school romance clearing up the problem that separated them after the senior prom. Produced with the support of University of California (Berkeley), Committee on Research [and] University of California, Institute for Mexico and the United States. 1996. 26 min. Video/C 5731

El percance perfecto (2007)
Director: Stan Harrington. Cast: David Carreno, Matt Marquez, Sebastian Eslava, Monique Barajas, Maria Forero. Ernesto Palacio, the foremost Latino writer, decides after 2 recent flops to open his latest play in a small theater in Hollywood rather than Broadway or the West End. With a desire to cross language and cultural boundaries with his Spanish language play, and in an attempt to reach the masses, he pushes the envelope even further by casting two non-actors in lead roles...one, a hugely popular, female pop singer and the other a world renowned, Colombian, bullfighter. Fireworks and jealousy amongst the cast lead to mayhem during the opening night performance and despite believing that everything happens for a reason, Ernesto's faith is pushed to the absolute limit by this latest disaster. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 30 min. DVD X5940
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The Perfect Game (2009)
Directed by William Dear. Cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Emilie de Ravin, Moses Arias, Jake T. Austin, Jansen Panettiere, Ryan Ochoa, Carlos, Gomez, Patricia Manterola, John Cothran Jr., William Marquez, David, Koechner, Lou Gossett Jr., Bruce McGill. After Cesar's major league career is cut short, he returns to his native Monterey, Mexico. Once back home, a group of impoverished baseball-loving kids recruit him to coach their rag-tag team. Together, they beat the odds and overcome hardships and bigotry to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series. Based on true events. 117 min. DVD 5650
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The Perez Family (1995)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina, Chazz Palminteri, Anjelica Huston, Trini Alvardo, Celia Cruz. Free-spirited Dottie Perez is leaving Cuba for America, her head filled with dreams of movies, mascara and dates with John Wayne. Strait-laced Juan Perez is headed for a reunion with Carmela, the wife he hasn't seen in 20 years. But when an overworked immigration officer mistakes Dottie and Juan for husband and immigration officer mistakes Dottie and Juan for husband and wife, the stage is set for a merry marital mix-up, and some very unpredictable romances. Based upon the novel by Christine Bell (UCB Main PS3552.E489 P47 1990; UCB Moffitt PS3552.E489 P47 1990; UCB Chicano PZ4.B35 P3). 135 min. DVD X4270
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Please Don't Bury Me Alive (1995)
Directed by Efrain Gutiérrez. Cast: Efrain Gutierrez, Jose Armando, Margaret de Hoyos, Josephine M. Faz, David Moss. The lead character, Alejandro Hernández, has just buried his brother, who died in Vietnam. Caught between inadequate education and scant job opportunities, Alejandro drifts into a life of crime, mostly small theft, whereupon an undercover police officer sets him up for a heroin deal. Alejandro then faces a biased judicial system, receiving a ten year sentence, while another character, the son of a wealthy businessman, receives probation for a similar offense. By the end of the film, however, Alejandro has become aware of the social inequities facing him, while also realizing that he has made bad choices that do not look ahead to the future of his own community. The film holds up teatro as one outlet for social protest and community building. "1st Chicano feature movie. Produced, written, directed and acted by Chicanos" (Opening credits). Special feature: "Wow, a brown face on the silver screen : the Efrain Gutierrez story", Prof. Chon Noriega interviews Efrain Gutierrez (2007?, 72 min.). 81 min. DVD X1709
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Pretty Vacant (1996)
Directed by Jim Mendiola. Cast: Mariana Vasquez, David Mercado Gonzales. A story about Molly, a young Chicana perennial jr. college art student and drummer for an all girls band, living in San Antonio, Texas. While struggling to publish a punk-rock magazine, she tries to stay one step ahead of her father who wants to take her to visit his native Mexico against her will. 34 min. vhs 999:3398

Quinceañera (2006)
Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Cast: Jesus Castanos, Araceli Guzman-Rico, Emily Rios, J.R. Cruz, Listette Avila, Alicia Sixtos, Johnny Chavez, Jesse Garcia, Chalo Gonzalez. On the evening before Magdalena's 15th birthday, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Forced to leave her house, she finds a new family with her uncle and gay cousin. 91 min. DVD 6840
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Awards
Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic; Audience Award - Dramatic

Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Directed by Patricia Cardozo. Cast: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites. Should she leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sister's struggling garment factory? It may seem an easy decision, but for the 18-year-old Mexican American Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. 90 min. DVD 1658
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National Board of Review, USA - Special Recognition for excellence in filmmaking.
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Dramatic; Special Jury Prize

Báez, Jillian M. "Towards a Latinidad Feminista: The Multiplicities of Latinidad and Feminism in Contemporary Cinema." Popular Communication; 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p109-128, 20p
Carrillo, Rosario; Moreno, Melissa; Zintsmaster, Jill. " Cultural Production of a Decolonial Imaginary for a Young Chicana: Lessons from Mexican Immigrant Working-Class Woman's Culture." Educational Studies; Sep/Oct2010, Vol. 46 Issue 5, p478-502, 25p UC users only
Holmlund, Chris. "Postfeminism from A to G." Cinema Journal, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 116-21, 2005 Winter UC users only
Launius, Christie. "Real Women Have Curves: A Feminist Narrative of Upward Mobility." American Drama. Summer 2007. Vol. 16, Iss. 2; p. 15 (14 pages) UC users only
Mendible, Myra. "Chica Flicks: Postfeminism, Class, and the Latina American Dream." In: Chick flicks : contemporary women at the movies / edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 C515 2008

Revenge (1952)
Director, Tony Scott. Cast: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Sally Kirkland. A Navy veteran decides to visit Tiburon Mendez, a powerful but shady Mexican businessman who he once flew to Alaska for a hunting trip. Arriving at the Mendez mansion in Mexico, he is immediately surprised by the beauty and youth of Mendez' wife Miryea. Their attraction to each other is undeniable, but Cochran is aware that Mendez is a powerful, vindictive, and very possessive man who does not tolerate betrayal. Based on the novella Revenge by Jim Harrison.100 min. DVD X4783
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The Ring (1952)
Director, Kurt Neumann. Cast: Gerald Mohr, Rita Moreno, Lalo Rios. An early "socially conscious" drama which chronicles the fate of Tomas, a spirited but poor young Mexican-American living with his family in the Los Angeles barrio. Tomas' life is dramatically altered when he's taken in by a sympathetic fight manager who teaches him to re-channel his rage from the streets to the boxing ring. The film attempts to tear down the stereotype of the "lazy Mexican" promoting the fact that most Mexican-Americans are family folk who only want a job with dignity and their fair share of the American pie. Based on the novel by Irving Shulman. 79 min. DVD X4823; vhs 999:1754
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Road Dogz (2001)
Director, Alfredo Ramos. Cast: Clifton Collins, Jr., Greg Serano, Jacob Vargas, Lobo Sebastian, Priscilla Garita, Emilio Rivera, Yelba Osorio, Danny de la Paz, Ruben Moreno, Rudy Ramos. In this gritty tale of life on the streets of East L.A. Danny, Alfonso and Raymo are lifelong friends who have spent their days hanging out and playing basketball. But everthing is about to change ... when one of them gets involved with a dangerous drug dealer, all their lives are at risk and they must make some life and death decisions. 96 min. DVD 1241
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Roots of Blood (Raices de sangre) (Mexico / USA, 1979)
Director, Jesús Salvador Treviño. Director, Alfredo Ramos. 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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Rum and Coke (2000)
Director, Maria Escobedo. Cast: Diana Marquis, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Christopher Marazzo, Jacqueline Torres, Kevin A. King. Linda is a bright, confident and independent daughter of Cuban immigrants who has vowed to stay away from all Latino men until she meets Jose, a handsome, aggressive and charming firefighter. 86 min. DVD 8728
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Salt of the Earth. (1954)
Directed by Herbert J. Biberman. A semidocumentary of the year-long struggle by Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico. When an injunction is issued against the workers, the wives take up the battle with a fury, leaving the husbands to care for home and children. 94 min. DVD 682; vhs 999:266
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A Crime to Fit the Punishment (documentary on the making of Salt of the Earth) Video/C 9289

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Saludos Amigos (1942)
Disney. Narrator, Fred Shields. Combining live action and animation this is Walt Disney's version of a grand tour of South America, featuring Donald Duck, Goofy and Joe Carioca. Special features: South of the border with Disney featurette, theatrical trailer. 75 min. DVD 5149
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Adams, Dale. "Saludos Amigos: Hollywood and FDR's Good Neighbor Policy." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 24:3, 289-295 UC users only
Crichton, K. "Riot from Rio." Colliers, December 19 1942, Vol. 110, p90-91, 2p
Kaufman, J. B.. "Norm Ferguson and the Latin American Films of Walt Disney." In: A reader in animation studies / edited by Jayne Pilling. London : J. Libbey, c1997. (MAIN: TR897.5 .R43 1997)
Tota, Antônio Pedro. The seduction of Brazil : the Americanization of Brazil during World War II / Antonio Pedro Tota ; translated by Lorena B. Ellis ; foreword and commentary by Daniel J. Greenberg. Austin : University of Texas Press, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, 2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt F2510 .T69 2009)

Santitos (1vhs 999)
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. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 95 min. vhs 999:3899
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Scarface (1983)
Directed by Brian DePalma. Cast: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, Miriam Colon, F. Murray Abraham, Paul Shenar, Harris Yulin. Tells the story of the violent career of a smalltime Cuban refugee hoodlum who guns his way to the top of Miami's cocaine empire. 170 min. DVD 5677
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Seguin
A docu-drama based on the life of one of Texas' unsung heroes, Juan Nepomunceno Seguin, a leader in San Antonio who raised an army to fight the Mexican forces of Santa Ana at the Alamo. Written and directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino. Performers: A. Martinez, Henry Darrow, Rose Portillo, Pepe Serna, Danny De La Paz, Enrique Castillo, Lupe Ontiveros, Edward James Olmos. 68 min. Video/C 5133

Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Seguin: The Same Side of the Alamo Bilingual." In: Chicano Cinema: research, Reviews, and Resources Edited by Gary D. Keller. pp: 146-152. Binghamton, N.Y.: Bilingual Review/Press, c1985. (UCB Main PN1995.9.M49.C47 1985; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.M49.C47 1985)

Selena (1991)
Directed by Gregory Nava. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie, Jacob Vargas, Lupe Ontiveros, Jackie Guerra, Rebecca Lee Meza. "Selena" tells the story of Latin Queen Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was the most popular Latin Singer at the time of her tragic death at the age of only 23 years in 1995. Her life story takes off as Jennifer Lopez accurately portrays Selena through her unforgettable concerts, her family struggles, and her secret marriage to her guitarist Chris Perez. Special features: Disc 1: Original theatrical version, The making of Selena 10 years later, 9 additional scenes ; disc 2: Extended director's cut film version, Selena: Queen of Tejano featurette. 134 min. DVD X401
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Galán Kathryn F. "From Selena to Walkout: an interview with Moctesuma Esparza." In: Filming difference : actors, directors, producers, and writers on gender, race, and sexuality in film / edited by Daniel Bernardi. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S62 F55 2009)

Short Eyes (1977)
Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Bruce Davison, Jose Perez, Nathan George, Don Blakely, Shawn Elliot, Miguel Pinero. An eloquent drama detailing the simmering hostilities and ethnic rivalries of prison life. When a convicted child molester enters the prison community his contemptible crime triggers the other inmates' barely repressed violence. They begin to act out their own perverted code of revenge while the prison guards look the other way. Filmed entirely in "The Tombs" (Manhattan's detention center) Based on the play by Miguel Piñero (PS3566.Pi5216 S5 1975 Main Stack; PS3566 I5216S5 1975 Moffitt). 100 min. DVD X4278; vhs 999:168

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Sin Nombre (2008)
Directed by Cary Fukunaga. Cast: Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Diana García, Luis Fernando Peña, Héctor Jiménez. A teenage Honduran girl forms an unlikely friendship with a Mexican gang member who is helping to smuggle her family into the United States. 96 min. DVD X2178
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Chris Chang. "Sin Nombre." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2009, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p73-73, 1/3p UC users only
Diestro-Dópido, Mar. "Sin Nombre." Sight & Sound, Sep2009, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p80-81, 2p UC users only
Eagan, Daniel. "Risking the rails." Film Journal International, Apr2009, Vol. 112 Issue 4, p22-24, 2p UC users only
Lally, Kevin. "Sin Nombre." Film Journal International, Mar2009, Vol. 112 Issue 3, p35-36, 2p UC users only
Slaughter, Stephany. "(In)visibilities, (De)humanizations and Globalizations: The Migrant Body in Border Film of the 2000s." FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research; Jul2010, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p93-123, 30p
Wood, Jason. "Blood on the Tracks." Sight & Sound, Sep2009, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p9-9, 2/3p UC users only

Smile Now, Cry Later (2001)
Directed by Jose and Eduardo Quiroz. Cast: Sir Dyno, James Logan, Dub, A.L.G., Crooked, OSO, Young D., Kid, Sapo. This is the story of two brothers who are trying to survive in the violent streets of the bario. Marcus has vowed to live his life straight ever since his older brother was violently murdered, while Smiley is doing whatever it takes to make it on the streets, willingly risking his life for fast money. They're both trying to make it in the independent rap business, but will all the bad they've done eventually come back to haunt them? DVD 907

The Spanish Temp
Directed by Coraly Santaliz. Cast: Scott Kradolfer, Oleg Zatsepin, Elviar Jimenez. Temp worker Patrick Hanes has eight hours to complete 500 forms in Spanish, but he doesn't read Spanish! His only hope is an English-Spanish dictionary safeguarded by a security guard addicted to Mexican soap operas which he watches avidly. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 2001. 10 min. Video/C vhs 999:3901

Spanglish (2004)
Directed by James L. Brooks. Cast: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce, Sarah Steele, Ian Hyland, Victoria Luna. When Flor and her daughter, Christina come to the United States, Flor gets a job as a maid at the home of a successful chef John Clasky and his family. Despite Flor's lack of an English, she does the best she can to assist the Clasky family in more than just house cleaning matters. However, when Flor is forced to live with the family over the summer, she has no choice but to bring Christina along. John's wife, much to Flor's disliking, treats Christina much like her own and at the same time she hurts the feelings of her own daughter, Bernice. When John's dreams begin to unravel, he begins to feel like his whole world is coming down around him. Told through Christina's college letter to Princeton University, Christina learns that things come and go in life, but family is the most important thing a person can have. 131 min. DVD 8263
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Speedy Gonzales (animated character)
Speedy Gonzales (or Gonzlez), "the fastest mouse in all Mexico", is an animated cartoon mouse from the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Speedy's major traits are his ability to run extremely fast, and his comedic Mexican accent. He usually wears an oversized yellow sombrero and a white shirt and pants. (Wikipedia)

In the late 1990's, Speedy was also featured in a program on the cable TV Cartoon Network. The cartoon was eventually taken off the air because of what network officials described as excessive smoking and drinking by the cartoon's characters and low viewership. In the wake of this decision, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) called for reinstatement of the cartoons because, according to Gabriela Lemus, the director of policy and legislation for LULAC, "Speedy's a cultural icon. He's a good mouse. Being a Latin American child and watched him my whole life in Latin America as well as the United States, I don't recall ever having any negative connotations with him." Lemus also noted that Speedy provided something of a role model for some of his less ambitious cartoon peers. "Some of the other mice were not the best of all characters, but (Speedy) always chastised them for being lazy and he always told them to get your act together. I don't [think] he's so bad." [as quoted by CNSNews.com]

Nericcio, William Anthony. "Autopsy of a Rat: Odd, Sundry Parables of Freddy Lopez, Speedy Gonzales, and Other Chicano/Latino Marionettes Prancing about Our First World Visual Emporium." Camera Obscura, vol. 37 1996 Jan. pp: 189-237. UC users only

Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Speedy Gonzales in a Flash
Contents: Cat-tails for two -- Tabasco road -- Tortilla flaps -- Mexicali shmoes -- Here today, gone tamale -- West of the pesos -- Cannery woe -- Pied Piper of Guadalupe -- Mexican boarders -- Chili weather -- A message to gracias -- Nuts and volts -- Panchos hideway -- The wild chase -- A-haunting we will go. Special features: Commentaries and featurettes with animators, historians and voice artists profiling specific cartoons, characters and creators; music and music-and-effects-only tracks on selected shorts. DVD 7359

Cannery Woe (animated short, 1961) Two mice, Jos? and Manuel, get in with the mayor by suggesting that Speedy save the cheese festival by stealing the cheese from under Sylvester's nose. DVD 2073

Gonzales' Tamales(1957) Male Mexican mice are jealous of Speedy Gonzales for taking their girl-friends. So, they set Sylvester Cat after Speedy by issuing a challenge to Sylvester in Speedy's name. DVD 4875

Speedy Gonzales. (1955) Directed by Friz Freleng. Speedy comes to the aid of a starving band of Mexican mice who live right across the border from a cheese factory. Sylvester is guarding the border. Speedy gets past Sylvester's defenses to bring back cheese. Academy Award for Best Short Subject, 1955. DVD 2073

Tabasco Road Directed by Robert McKimson. Warner Brothers. Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico, runs to the rescue of his two drunken rodent friends, Pablo and Fernando, who keep wandering into the hungry clutches of an alley cat. 1957. Included on DVD 6167

Stand and Deliver (1987)
Directed by Ramon Menendez. Cast: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana DeSoto, Andy Garcia. Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East Los Angeles' Garfield High School, refuses to write off his kids as losers. He cajoles, pushes, wheedles, needles, threatens and inspires 18 kids to become math whizzes. Then they take the National Advanced Placement Calculus exam with surprising results. 103 min. DVD 9513; vhs 999:272
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Star Maps (1997)
Directed by Miguel Arteta. Cast: Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandyce Jorden, Martha Vélez, Lysa Flores, Annette Murphy, Robin Thomas, Vincent Chandler, Al Vicente. Carlos, a naive young man, works for his father selling star maps which point the way to the homes of some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities. But his job is really a front for a prostitution ring, and in this city of illusions, Carlos' plan to use one of his customers to help him get a movie role just may be the biggest illusion of all. 90 min. vhs 999:2855
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Strangers in the City (1962)
Directed by Rick Carrier. Cast: Robert Gentile, Camilo Delgado, Rosita de Triana, Creta Margos, Robert Corso, Kenny Delmar. The story of Puerto Rican immigrants to New York City. In the underbelly of the city two children struggle to create a life against seemingly insurmountable odds. The daughter must earn her overtime pay with physical favors, while her brother fights street gangs to do an honest days work. 80 min. vhs 999:3195
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Tales of Tijuana. Episode One, "El Charal" (The Minnow) (1999)
Directed by Gustavo Vazquez Orozco. Cast: Hector Hernendez, Gisela Madrigal, Imelda Orozco Guzman. A drama following the desperate attempts of a man to survive on the streets of Tijuana. 1999. 33 min. DVD X6996

Tanto tiempo(1992)
Directed by Cheryl Quintana Leader. Cast: Mandy Avila MacKenzie, Carrie Barton, Seidy Lopez. Mia, a young Mexican American woman, and Luz, her Mexican mother, have abandoned their Mexican heritage to adapt to an American lifestyle. Mia, confronted with her past in various situations, rediscovers the value of her Mexican ancestry and brings it and her estranged mother back into her life. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 26 min. vhs 999:3898
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This Rebel Breed (1960)
Directed by Richard L. Bare. Cast: Rita Moreno, Mark Damon, Gerald Mohr, Jay Novello, Eugenio Martin. Black, Anglo and Hispanic high-school gangs duke it out in this story about two undercover cops who infiltrate the gangs to stop narcotics trafficking. The undercover cop Frank is of mixed black American and Mexican parentage, which means no gang is going to easily accept him while his partner Don is an Anglo cop. When Lola's boyfriend is killed in a gang fight she starts to fall for Frank. DVD includs Black rebels: Five years after "This Rebel Breed" was released, producer William Rowland added some incongruous inserts filled with nudity and re-released the film under the titles Black Rebels, Lola's Mistake, and Three Shades of Love. 90 min. (This Rebel Breed); 94 min. (Black Rebels) DVD X3088; vhs 999:3051
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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones.. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo, Levon Helm, Mel Rodriguez, Cecilia Suarez. Needing to keep his honor-bound commitment, Texas ranch foreman Pete returns the body of illegal Mexican immigrant ranch-hand Melquiades Estrada to his preferred resting place in the Mexican wilderness. Estrada had been accidentally shot by Mike, a newly-arrived U.S. border patrolman. Pete forces Mike to participate in his cross-country ritual of duty -- a voyage filled with revenge and redemption that will change both men forever -- and bring some semblance of meaning to the senseless death of Pete's good friend. 121 min. DVD 8428
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Fojas, Camilla. "Hollywood Border Cinema: Westerns with a Vengeance." Journal of Popular Film & Television; 2011, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p93-101, 9p UC users only

Three Caballeros (1959)
Disney. Voices: Clarence Nash (Donald Duck); Joaquin Garay (Panchito ; Jose Olivera (Joe Carioco); featuring: Aurora Miranda, Dora Luz, Carmen Molina. When Donald receives a magical collection of gifts from his Latin American friends, they become his passport to a fantastic musical journey with Joe Carioca and Panchito, the charro rooster. With these experts to guide him, Donald and Goofy hop, skip and jump their way through every splash of local color. Special features: Don's fountain of youth cartoon; Pueblo Pluto cartoon; theatrical trailer. 72 min. DVD 5148
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Kaufman, J. B.. "Norm Ferguson and the Latin American Films of Walt Disney." In: A reader in animation studies / edited by Jayne Pilling. London : J. Libbey, c1997. (MAIN: TR897.5 .R43 1997)
Pato Donald's. "Gender Ducking: The Three Caballeros." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 39, pp. 72-82, 112, 1994.
Telotte, J. P. "Crossing Borders and Opening Boxes: Disney and Hybrid Animation." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 2007. Vol. 24, Iss. 2; p. 107

Through the Valley (2007)
Directed by Juan C. Vazquez. Cast: Danny Trejo, Pablo Bracho, Tim Wehmeyer, Angela D. Smith, Samantha Esteban, Noel Gugliemi. Reformed Ex-con Jaime Flores is trying to make a difference in the world by helping kids stay away from the path he chose. But his brother and the life they grew up around draws him back into the perils of the inner city. He is framed for murder and the local DA doesn't care about guilt or innocence, only conviction rates. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 89 min. DVD X7364
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The Timid Toreador (1940)
Directed by Bob Clampett. Animated short. Porky Pig is a street vendor in Old Mexico, selling really hot tamales. In the village bullfight stadium, "Slapsy Maxie Rosenbull" is making short work of the local matadors. Porky absent-mindedly wanders into the bullfight ring, and is clearly out of his element until the bull makes the mistake of fearlessly eating Porky's entire stock of tamales to prove how macho he is. The bull explodes, making Porky the triumphant toreador. DVD 2440

To Rob a Thief (Ladrón que roba a ladrón) (2007)
Directed by Joe Menendez. Cast: Fernando Colunga, Miguel Varoni, Gabriel Soto, Julie Gonzalo, Ivonne Montero, Sonya Smith, Saúl Lisazo. Two former thieves reunite to rob the biggest thief they know -- Moctesuma Valdez, a TV infomercial guru who's made millions selling worthless health products to poor Latino immigrants. When none of their affiliates want to go undercover as day laborers to pull off the heist, the two men turn to the real thing for help. 100 min. DVD X7087
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Touch of Evil (1958)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Calleia, Ray Collins, Akim Tamiroff, Zsa Zsa Gabor. An elaborate mystery involving a corrupt police official in a squalid town on the Mexican border and a murder that ensnares a narcotics agent and his wife. Based on the novel "Badge of evil" by Whit Masterson. DVD X1822 includes 3 versions of the film: restored version, 1998 cut restored to Welles' vision based on a memo to the studio; theatrical version, original version seen by audiences in 1958; preview version, created prior to the theatrical version and incorporating some of Orson Welles' requests. Bonus Materials: Bringing evil to life, retrospective documentary on the production of the film including interviews with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, crew members and film historians; Evil lost and found, behind-the-scenes of the restoration; preview version feature commentary, with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, restoration producer Rick Schmidlin and film historians; restored version feature commentary, with Rick Schmidlin; theatrical version feature commentary, with writer/filmmaker F.X. Feeney. DVD X1822; DVD 382 (Restored version); vhs 999:645
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Tough Assignment (1949)
Directed by William Beaudine. Cast: Don "Red" Barry, Steve Brodie, Marjorie Steele, Marc Lawrence, Iris Adrian. A newspaper reporter pursues a modern-day rustling gang whose truck driving 'cowboys' are far more dangerous than their horse riding counterparts. 66 min. DVD 8249
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Traffic (Germany / USA, 2000)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Presents a mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter. 147 min. DVD 866
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Ugly Betty(TV)
Cast: America Ferrera, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, Alan Dale, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz, Ashley Jensen, Becki Newton, Mark Indelicato, Freddy Rodríguez, Kevin Sussman, Rebecca Romijn, Christopher Gorham, Judith Light, Salma Hayek. SEE TV Programs

Undefeated (2003)
Directed by John Leguizamo. Cast: John Leguizamo, Clifton Collins, Jr., Vanessa Ferlito, Omar Benson Miller, Nestor Serrano, Robert Forster. A Latino boxer must navigate the path between his newfound fame, with all its seductive trappings, and his humble yet proud roots growing up on the hard, mean streets of Jackson Heights, Queens. Surrounded by his childhood friends and an old-school trainer, Lex Vargas endures a devastating personal loss before turning professional, eventually signing with a high-profile promoter. Ultimately his fame and fortune threatens to undermine the longtime bonds he shares with his buddies from the old neighborhood. 92 min. DVD 2411
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Under the Same Moon (La misma luna)(Mexico | USA, 2007)
Directed by Patricia Riggen. Cast: Adrian Alonso, Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez, Carmen Salinas, Maria Rojo, Mario Almada, America Ferrera. Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while Rosario's mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico. Mother and son face daunting challenges and obstacles to reunite, but are sustained by their constant hope of finally being together again. 110 min. DVD X2629
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Undocumented(2010)
Directed by Chris Peckover. Cast:Scott Mechlowicz, Alona Tal, Yancey Arias, Kevin Weisman, Greg Serano. In this drama a film crew accompanies a group of illegal immigrants crossing the Border to document their experiences, but their plans run afoul when they are captured by a gang of radical patriots who force them to film executions of those same illegal immigrants. 96 min. DVD X6872
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Valentina's Tango (2007)
Director, Rogelio A. Lobato. Cast: Guillermina Quiroga, Jordi Caballero, George Perez, Jack Rubio, Dianna Miranda, Yelba Osorio, Mario Larraza. Allen Walls. Valentina and Eduardo own a nightclub in Los Angeles where they star as tango performers. Fortunately for Valentina, the dance gives her relief from her madness and obsessive love for her husband. The couple have two sons: one entering the priesthood and the other drifting toward gangster life. They both exhibit some of their mother's mental illness. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 99 min. vhs 999:3925
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Victoria para chino (USA | Mexico, 2004)
Directed by Cary Fukunaga. Cast: Domingo Jose Cruz Delgado, Oliver Cruzdaza, Aldo de Anda. In May 2003 a refrigerated truck carrying more than 80 illegal immigrants from the Mexican border drove into the heartland of Texas. A deadly combination of heat and overcrowding lead to tragedy. Based on a true event, this film tells the story of that journey. 14 min. DVD X7007
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Viva Villa!
Directed by Jack Conway; Howard Hawks (uncredited); William A. Wellman (uncredited). Cast: Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Fay Wray, Donald Cook, Joseph Schildkraut. The sometimes heroic, sometimes infamous deeds of Mexican bandit and patriot Pancho Villa. Villa fought the Diaz regime, whose soldiers killed his father. He later became one of the most ruthless Mexican bandits, but also helped put the honorable Francisco Madero in power. After Madero's assassination, Villa himself led his country, however, being a better fighter than a bureaucrat, he gave up the presidency when he could restore Mexico to its people. 115 min. vhs 999:2831
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Viva Zapata! (1952)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn. Emiliano Zapata, an ally of Pancho Villa, leads the Mexican peasants in a bloody revolt to overthrow a cruel dictator, Diaz. His revolt triumphs, but each successive leader is no better than Diaz. Even Zapata himself ultimately fails as he tragically experiences the corruption of power and the deceit of politicians. 112 min. DVD X5361; vhs 999:776
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Walkout (TV, 2006)
Directed by Edward James Olmos. Cast: Alexa Vega, Michael Peña, Yancey Arias, Laura Harring, Efren Ramirez, David Warshofsky, Holmes Osbourne, Tim DeKay, Tonantzin Esparza, Bodie Olmos, Veronica A. Diaz, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Jonathan Hernandez, Fidel Gomez, Douglas Spain, Marisol Crisostomo-Romo, Germaine De Leon, Carmen Corral, David Devora, Jesse Garcia, Pablo Santos. The inspiring true story of the 1968 East LA student walkout, where one courageous young woman and thousands of hispanic followers stood up against academic prejudices and forever changed their world. 111 min. DVD 7974
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Galán Kathryn F. "From Selena to Walkout: an interview with Moctesuma Esparza." In: Filming difference : actors, directors, producers, and writers on gender, race, and sexuality in film / edited by Daniel Bernardi. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S62 F55 2009)
Yosso, Tara J.; García, David G. ""'Cause It's Not Just Me": Walkout's History Lessons Challenge Hollywood's Urban School Formula." Radical History Review; Fall2008 Issue 102, p171-184, 14p

The Wannabe(2006)
Directed by Althea Wasow. Cast: Ramon Rodriguez, Suzette Gunn, Annabelle Paez. In 1990 in the Bronx a young man dares to cross the line between reality and fantasy. What price should he pay? Based on a true story connected to a shooting at the legendary Palladium nightclub. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 24 min. DVD X5936
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Wassup Rockers (2005)
Director, Larry Clark. Cast: Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa, Milton Velasquez, Usualdo Panameno, Eddie Velasquez. Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of trouble with the police, jealous boyfriends, and nervous parents. 100 min. DVD 6752
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Week-end in Havana (1941)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, John Payne, Cesar Romero, George Barbier, Billy Gilbert. Music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. In this musical film a salesgirl threatens to cause trouble when her cruise ship runs aground spoiling her vacation. As compensation, she soon gets a free first class Havana holiday with the ship owner's future son-in-law -- as well as some unexpected attention from a conniving gambler and his girlfriend. 80 min. DVD X691
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Welfare to Love (1941)
Directed by Chris Coronado. Cast: Dayna Winston Coronado, Seychelle Gabriel, Chris Coronado, Luke Poole. Depicts the sad and intimate tale of the Lopez family and their tenuous struggle to survive on welfare. With funding from Alameda County Social Services, the film was conceived by Women's Employment Resources Corporation (a non-profit entity) based on its experience with families in economic and emotional crises. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 10 min. vhs 999:3959

West Side Story (1961)
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chikiris. Musical based on the Romeo and Juliet story, set in New York's West Side slums during the late 1950's, with gang warfare erupting when Maria, sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, falls in love with the leader of the rival Anglo gang, the Jets. 153 min. DVD 1747; DVD 551; vhs 999:115

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Negron-Muntaner, Frances, "Feeling Pretty: West Side Story and Puerto Rican Identity Discourses." Social Text - Volume 18, Issue 2 2000 UC users only

Yellow (Puerto Rico / USA, 2006)
Directed by Alfredo de Villa. Cast: Roselyn Sanchez, D.B. Sweeney, Erika Michels, Jaime Trelli, Bill Duke. Amaryllis is a young, classically trained Latina ballerina, who dreams of leaving her impoverished home in Puerto Rico to pursue fame and fortune as a dancer. Amaryllis heads for New York City, where she is forced to work in a seedy strip club to make ends meet. Amaryllis quickly becomes the strip club's hottest atttraction and falls in love with her best customer. Finally winning an audition for a Broadway production, Amaryllis must now decide between love and realizing her dream of becoming a star. 93 min. DVD 8154
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Yo Soy Joaquin (I Am Joaquin).
A dramatization of the Chicano poem of the same title by Rodolpho "Corky" Gonzales about the Mexican-American experience from Cortes to the current farm workers' struggle, emphasizing the problems of the oppressed and exploited Mexicans. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1969. 19 min. DVD 7174; Video/C 4202

Martinez, Eliud. "I Am Joaquin as Poem and Film: Two Modes of Chicano Expression." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 13, 1980: 505-515.

Zoot Suit (1981)
Directed by Luis Valdez A group of Mexican-Americans are sent to San Quentin unjustly for the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. Based on the actual case and zoot suit riots of 1940's Los Angeles. 108 min. DVD 1832; vhs 999:497
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Zorro
Based on the character created by Johnston McCulley.

The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Directed by Martin Campbell. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Nick Chinlund. This time, the legendary Zorro fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De LaVega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and she soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there's more to Armand than meets the eye. Zorro becomes intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well. 129 min. DVD 5628
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The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love. Disguised as Zorro, a sword-wielding mystery man dressed in black, Don Diego Vega works to restore his father, the deposed Alcalde, back to power and return tax money stolen by the villanous tyrant--while finding time to romance the tyrant's beautiful niece. Based on the story: The curse of Capistrano / by Johnston McCulley. 93 min. DVD 6690; vhs 999:1968
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Williamson, Catherine. "'Draped Crusaders': Disrobing Gender in The Mark of Zorro." Cinema Journal, vol. 36 no. 2. 1997 Winter. pp: 3-16. UC users only

The Mark of Zorro (1920, silent)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite de la Motte, Noah Beery, Robert McKim, George Periolat. As the famous Mexican Robin Hood, Don Diego springs into action as Zorro, the crusader for the rights of the Mexican people. Through the Zorro character, Fairbanks ushered in the legendary cycle of adventure films and established the genre of the American action film. In the closing climax of this film Zorro (Fairbanks) leads Governor Alvarado's men on a cyclonic chase across the rooftops, haystacks, prison, homes and church of a picturesque Old California village. Based on the story: The curse of Capistrano / by Johnston McCulley. 90 min. DVD 6730; vhs 999:1436
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The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Directed by Martin Campbell. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher. A sweeping tale of love and horror, tragedy and triumph set against the Spanish conquest of Mexico. After twenty years as the legendary Zorro, Don Diego must transform a troubled drifter into the fearless hero he once was. 137 min. DVD 5629
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Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)
Directed by John English and William Witney. Republic Pictures. 12 parts. DVD 7299





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