|A collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Albuquerque is bringing a series of Spanish-language films to South Broadway Cultural Center’s John Lewis Theatre. All of the films are free.
Entitled “Cine De la Época de Oro” (Films from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), the series begins on Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. with “Flor Silvestre,” starring Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz and Emilio “El Indio” Fernández. This is the first Mexican movie made by Dolores del Rio after her career in Silent and Golden Age Hollywood films. It is also the first collaboration between Fernández, Del Rio, Armandáriz, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, and writer Mauricia Magdaleno. In the film a young and beautiful woman, played by del Rio, narrates stories of her history across the Mexican Revolution.
The next film in the series is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armendáriz are joined by Julio Villareal in a film entitled “Bugambilia.” The story features del Rio as the beautiful Amalia de los Robles, whose looks and charm awaken the passions of all of the men in the region. This provokes the fury of her father, Don Fernando (played by Julio Villareal). Seeing in her the face of his dead wife, he has developed an obsession to control her. She falls in love with Ricardo (Armendariz), but circumstances prevent them from being united in their love.
On Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. “Las Abandonados” will be the selected film. Del Rio and Armendáriz star with Victor Junco in the story of a young pregnant woman abandoned by her fiancé in a society that is cruel to unwed mothers. Designed by Armando Valdes Peza, this film features one of the most expensive wardrobes ever done for the Mexican Cinema. It is an example of the deep devotion that the director and the cinematographer felt for Dolores del Rio.
“La Perla” will be screened on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. Pedro Armendáriz is Quino, who, with his wife Juana (Maria Elena Marqués), are in anguish because their small son Coyotito was stung by a scorpion. The local doctor, who is a foreigner, refuses to treat the boy so his parents take him to a curandera. Later, the doctor and his brother, a loan shark played by Fernando Wagner, learn that Quino has found a valuable pearl and conspire to steal it from him.
The final film in the series, “Pueblerina,” will be screened on Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Starring Columba Dominguez, Robert Cañedo and Arturo Soto Rangel, the film features Cañedo as Aurelio Rodriguez, who has just been released from jail. He tries to build a new life with his marriage to Paloma (Dominguez) and begins working his land. But the brothers González, who are local landowners, have a different idea and interfere with his plans.
All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. Screenings are free to the public. For more information on the series, please call 311 or visit www.cabq.gov/sbcc.